Public Libraries: Getting Started

Membership for your Library

NNLM provides resources to help enrich your programs. Join our free membership network to take advantage of all that we have to offer. Membership is institutional, not individual.

Members are eligible to take advantage of services that include:

  • Your organization will be listed in the NNLM Membership Directory
  • Free webinars and presentations
  • Online training on NLM Resources with classes customized to meet the needs of your organization
  • Professional development
  • Online training and webinars for your K-12 community
  • Exhibiting at conferences and health fairs on free health information
  • Free informational materials for order and download on National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources
  • Funding opportunities for consumer health outreach and for traveling exhibits
  • Grant and proposal writing information

Virtual Health Programming for your Library

In an effort to support libraries who want to remain engaged with their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic NNLM staff members and members have offered a number of webinars on virtual programming and the recordings are available on our YouTube channel. Some recordings that may be of interest include:

You can see more upcoming webinars, self-paced courses, and asynchronous online classes on our training page.

NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is offering virtual health programming designed for public library audiences. We hope that this will be a great resource for libraries who are interested in offering virtual health programming but might not have the capacity to do so. Events are regularly updated on this page and can be promoted alongside your library’s other programs. Check here for upcoming and past events include author interviews, citizen science learning events, and more.

Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) Sponsorship

The Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) offers training in providing health information services to consumers and recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills.

CHIS courses are offered by the NNLM at no cost. It is easy to meet the requirements for both levels with NNLM courses. There is a cost for earning your CHIS, but NNLM RMLs sometimes sponsor that cost. Visit to learn more about available funding opportunities.

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