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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is committed to providing an environment for library users that is supportive of study, research, and scholarly collaboration. Library users are expected to:

  • Understand and comply with NIH and NLM policies for access and security, including wearing an NIH visitor pass at all times.
  • Behave in a manner that helps to preserve NLM collections and physical spaces.
  • Refrain from consuming food and beverages in the reading room, rotunda, and entry lobby of the building. A cafeteria and canteen are available for use by visiting researchers.
  • Handle all NLM materials, including collections, scanners, and other equipment, gently and with care. Writing in, or otherwise damaging library materials, equipment, furniture, or spaces, is strictly prohibited.
  • Alert library staff to damaged materials, equipment, furniture, and facilities.
  • Refrain from using mobile phones in the reading room and rotunda area.
  • Use electronic devices at volumes that cannot be heard by others.
  • Request permission before taking photos and follow the NLM Reading Room Policy on Photography Requests.