180 Years Old

We’re not planning a party this year, but the National Library of Medicine turns 180 years old in 2016.

From our beginning in 1836 as a few leather-bound books in the library of the US Army Surgeon General’s office, we became the world’s largest biomedical library. We’re so large that as of today, our most popular database—PubMed—has had more than 244 billion page views since January 1, 2016.

You can read more about our history, see how we celebrated our 175th anniversary, and glimpse our promising future. Soon, we’ll be posting information about a strategic plan to lay the groundwork for our third century.

Even though we’re not serving birthday cake this year, we’re still proud of our past and looking forward to the future!