NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NLM/
National Library of Medicine: NLM Legislative Chronology
August 3, 1956--An amendment to Title III of the PHS act, the National Library of
Medi-cine Act, placed the Armed Forces Medical Library under the PHS, and renamed it the
National Library of Medicine (P.L. 84-941).
October 22, 1965--The Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-291) was
signed into law, authorizing NLMs extramural programs of grant assistance to help
expand and improve the Nations medical library and health communications resources,
technology, and manpower for service to the health community.
August 3, 1968--Public Law 90-456 authorized the designation of the Lister Hill
National Center for Biomedical Communications.
November 4, 1988--Public Law 100-607 authorized the establishment of a National
Center for Biotechnology Information at the NLM.
June 10, 1993--Public Law 103-43 authorized the establishment of the National
Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology at NLM.