About the NNLM Reading Club

What is the NNLM Reading Club?

The NNLM Reading Club was created to help libraries support the health information needs in their communities with a familiar and popular library program. A selection of “ready-to-use” book titles, along with free and downloadable materials, can help people make informed decisions about their own health and the health of their loved ones and reduce the stigma surrounding some diseases and health conditions.

How are books selected?

Selected books align with the priority health topics of its sponsoring agencies, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To capture different reading interests, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic medicine, and young adult titles are considered based upon the following criteria:

  • Author or book is award-winning or a national bestseller
  • Book reviews or reader ratings are consistent and positive
  • Diverse voices are represented
  • Titles are published or reprinted within the current five years; exceptions are classics
  • Publications are available in another format such as audio, e-book, or large print
  • Reading guides or book discussions are made freely available

Why use the NNLM Reading Club?

Through the enjoyment and intimacy of a book club, readers can discuss health and wellness topics important to them and their loved ones as well as discover evidence-based consumer health resources from the NIH National Library of Medicine.

  • Discover books with a health topic
  • Download discussion guides and promotional materials
  • Find health information and program ideas

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