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Funding for the National Library of Medicine

Funding for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) connects health practitioners and the public with the health literature. NLM coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), including eight Regional Medical Libraries that receive NLM support, 125 resource libraries connected to medical schools, and more than 5,000 libraries located primarily in hospitals and clinics.

Libraries benefit from NLM funding which supports the development and maintenance of the Library's 200+ databases and online services that are freely available through libraries (e.g., MedlinePlus and Clinical Trials.gov). NLM grants and funding also support librarian education and training for career development; regional funding through the NN/LM for outreach initiatives; and research grants to improve the dissemination, management, and use of biomedical information.

Fiscal Year 2016

October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016

MLA/AAHSL statement supporting NLM's fiscal year 2016 funding and recognizing the medical library community’s role in supporting NLM’s programs and services (March 31, 2015)

Fiscal Year 2015

October 1, 2014-September 30, 2015

  • MLA comments and recommendations in response to the RFI: Soliciting Input into the Deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (March 13, 2015).
  • Community sign-on letter urging lawmakers to replace sequestration with a balanced approach to deficit reduction (February 18, 2015)
  • MLA/AAHSL Fact Sheet, The National Library of Medicine: An Investment in Good Health (June 2014)
  • MLA/AAHSL statement in support of NLM's FY 15 funding to Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee (April 22, 2014) 
  • Coalition for Health Funding letter urging House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leadership to restore the FY 15 302(b) allocation to the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to FY 10 levels (March 2014) 

Legislation to Boost Funding and to Support the Next Generation of Research

  • The Next Generation Research Act (S. 1552) and (H.R. 5451) would establish the Next Generation of Research Initiative in the Office of he Director of the NIH for coordination of all NIH policies and progams aimed at promoting and providing opportunities for new researchers. MLA/AAHSL Letter of Support for H.R. 5451 (July 28, 2014)
  • The American Cures Act (S. 2115) would establish a Biomedical Research Fund to be administered by the Secretary of the Treasury to provide for an expanded and sustained national investment in biomedical research.

ClinicalTrials.gov

Fiscal Year 2014

October 1, 2013-September 30, 2014

  • Public Law 113-76, provides NIH with $29.9 billion, a $1 billion increase, and provides NLM with $327.7 million, approximately a $1.5 million increase (see Division H, Title II); also requires agencies funded under this bill to develop Federal research public access policies (Division H, Title II, Sec. 527)
  • Community sign-on letter to Congress urging that sequestration be relaced with a bipartisan, balanced approach to deficit reduction. (December 4, 2013)
  • MLA/AAHSL fact sheet on the National Library of Medicine (June 2013) 
  • Community sign-on letter to the Appropriations Committees urging them to provide the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees the largest possible 302(b) allocation in FY 2014 (April 15, 2013) 
  • MLA/AAHSL statement to Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee re: NLM's FY14 Funding (April 29, 2013) 
  • MLA/AAHSL statement to House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee re: NLM's FY14 Funding (March 15, 2013) 
  • Community sign-on letter to Budget Committees re: Function 550 in the FY 2014 budget resolution (March 4, 2013) 
  • Community sign-on letter to Congress expressing concern about the impact of continued cuts on the NIH (February 11, 2013)