NIH Patient Library

Our Hours & Services

Patient Library

Welcome! Come enjoy our cozy nook! We are a contract lending library serving the needs of NIH patients, their families and caregivers.


Monday 11 am - 6 pm
Tuesday 11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 9 pm
Thursday 11 am - 6 pm
Friday 11 am - 6 pm
Saturday 11 am - 4 pm
Sunday 11 am - 4 pm

The library is open most Federal Holidays from 11 am to 4 pm. We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.


Find us on the north end of the CRC 7th Floor Atrium right next to the Chapel.

NIH Patient Library
CRC Rm. 7-1580
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-1954


Browse our offerings in the library or search our collection using our online catalog. We also have digital resources available for your enjoyment through our e-library. We hope you will find something special to borrow during your stay.

  • Print Books - current best-sellers as well as our special collection on health and coping topics.
  • Audiobooks - on CD and digital; include fiction, nonfiction, language instruction, guided imagery and meditation.
  • DVDs - From new releases to cult favorites! Available for viewing by NIH inpatients. A limited number of portable DVD players are also available.
  • E-books and E-audiobooks - Patients and family members find the NIH Patient Library on Libby/Overdrive. Call us ahead at 301-451-7603 and we will assign a library card number to you. It’s that easy.
  • Streaming Guided Imagery Audio Meditations - Visit our Healing Streams Page to improve sleep, ease pain and reduce anxiety and stress. Available 24/7 from your own personal device.
  • Music CDs - from classical to hip hop, including therapeutically designed relaxation music. CD players and bluetooth speakers are also available for loan to our inpatients.
  • XBOX Games and Controllers - For loan to inpatients who have an Xbox console in their room.
  • Tablets - for loan to select inpatient groups. Please contact us for further information.
  • Newspapers and Magazines - The latest magazines, clean and fresh, ranging in subject matter from home decor to entertainment news, as well as The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Building 10/CRC staff are welcome to check out books and audiobooks from our collection. Please come by and visit us, or call 301-451-7603 for more information.

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This page last updated on 10/27/2023

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