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The library was initially conceived as departmental library having a small collection of books for the use of officers of the erstwhile Directorate General of Indian Medical Services (DGIMS). The DGIMS was later merged with the Office of the Public Health Commissioner in India in 1947 to form the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and the library became DGHS Library. Realizing the need for a Central Library to support academic, research and clinical work of Biomedical Professionals in the country, the DGHS library was developed gradually and declared as Central Medical Library in 1961 and as the National Medical Library on 1st April 1966. Later it came to have its own campus near AIIMS, New Delhi in July 1971.
The National Medical Library aims to provide wide and efficient library and information services to the health science (HS) professionals in India. It functions under the administrative control of the Directorate General of Health Services.
  • NML is a part of the Directorate General of Health Services which is an attached office of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India.
  • Director (Lib.), NML is functioning as the Head of the Library who reports to Director General of Health Services through a Senior Administrative Grade Level Officer in the Directorate.
The National Medical Library is headed by Prof. Dr. Renuka Sharma, Director.
The library is organized into following functional units:
  • Book Acquisition
  • Periodical Subscription
  • Technical Processing of Documents
  • Documentation and Reference Service
  • Photocopying Service
  • Binding Section
General Information:
The Library is mainly a reference library in the field of Medical and Allied Sciences led by Prof. Dr. Renuka Sharma, Director. It is open for consultation to the entire Medical, Paramedical and Allied Professions. It has 7.5 lakh volumes of books, reports, bound volume of journals and other literature and adds latest books and serials every year. It also subscribes to 1500 current periodicals. The library has good collection of 19th century literature. Books collection is divided into pre-2000 and 2000-onwards, and is classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme. Bound volumes of journals are divided into upto-1990 and post-1990.
The four-storeyed building of the library having a carpet area of about 70 000 sq. ft. is situated near All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, Ring Road, New Delhi.
Mailing Address:
National Medical Library
Directorate General of Health Services
Ansari Nagar, Ring Road
New Delhi-110029
Telephone Nos. : 91-11-26589128 , 26589085
Fax : 91 11 26589489