May 23, 2022

National Library of Medicine Enhances Digital Collections With New Look,Features; More Than 10,000 Resources Now Available

Here are some of the enhancements that were recently made to NLM’s Digital Collections database.

  • Redesigned homepage with informative images highlighting repository content
  • New “Refine by” feature on the left which allows users to limit searches to specific facets
  • Fresh indexing of metadata and full text for more efficient search & retrieval
  • Replacement of the Muradora front-end application with Blacklight, an open-source discovery interface which sits on top of the repository’s Solr index
  • Upgrades to all major software components supporting the repository, including the underlying Fedora Commons framework

Database Expansion

In November, Digital Collections reached the milestone of providing access to 10,000 digitized resources. The repository contains over 12 million discrete files. NLM regularly deposits content from its digitization activities, including current projects focused on WWII-era materials and NLM-authored publication

Complete List of Enhancements (w/Screenshots) Can Be Found Here

Direct to NLM Digital Collections

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.