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NIH Library Technology Hub: Welcome

What is the Technology Hub?

The NIH Library Technology Hub is a physical and virtual space that exposes NIH staff to cutting edge technology and how it may relate to their research or work. The Technology Hub is also used to facilitate collaboration at NIH through listservs, special interest groups (SIGs), and communities of practices (CoP). It also allows the library to explore offering featured technologies as a service to NIH.

The Technology Hub is located in the main Reading Room on the first floor of NIH Library (in Building 10). It is open to NIH staff during library business hours.

What Can You Do Here?

Reserve a workspace to collaborate on a project, hold a small meeting, or explore a variety of licensed and open source software for 3D printing and modeling, bioinformatics, data visualization, online mapping and spatial data, video production and editing, and web and graphic design. Our workspaces (see below) are open to NIH staff and are available during library business hours.

  • The "Pods:" Two semi-private, glass-enclosed spaces equipped with a computer, Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, plasma screen, whiteboard, and seating for 1-3 people. Reservations are required for use of the software.

  • Bioinformatics Workstations: Three workstations equipped with a 64-bit architecture, 48GB RAM, and 2TB disk space and are dedicated to high-throughput data analysis such as next generation sequence (NGS) data analysis or microarray data analysis. Tutorials and consultations are available for the software as well as for bioinformatics-related research questions. Reservations are required for use of the software and the pods for up to eight hours a day.

  • Data Sciences Workstation: One workstation that offers a suite of online tools for data analysis, management, processing, and visualization that can be used with a variety of data formats. The workstation also includes links to guides on using data tools, conducting research using data mining, and finding data available for reuse. Consultations and tutorials are available to learn how to use the software, how to access data from the Clinical Center's BTRIS system, or how to conduct other types of data-intensive research. Reservations are required for use of the software.

Interact with a reference assistant or a librarian-on-call at the Information Desk to access reference and circulation services, to reserve library workspaces, to checkout mobile devices, laptops, or other tools, or to schedule and/or receive a consultation on a particular software, library database, or other technology. 

Explore cutting edge technology used and developed at NIH or in the marketplace. Currently we have 3D printers and a 3D scanner, mobile tablets, a thermal camera, and a Raspberry Pi. NOTE: Items are subject to change without notice.

Featured NIH-Developed Projects

The NIH 3D Print Exchange is an open source, comprehensive, and interactive website for searching, browsing, downloading, and sharing biomedical 3D print files, modeling tutorials, and educational material. This is a collaborative effort led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in collaboration with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the National Library of Medicine.

Technology Hub Team

NIH Library Technology Hub
National Institutes of Health Library
Division of Library Services
Office of Research Services
Bldg.10, Room 1L-25, MSC 1150
Bethesda, MD 20892-1150

Partnering with the Technology Hub

Are you developing applications or using cutting edge technology that you would like to feature in the Technology Hub?

If so, contact us:

  • by email
  • by phone at 301.496.1080 or
  • or, visit the library's Information Desk (in Building 10, South lobby)