The J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library is one of several libraries which serve the University of Missouri. The library occupies a building in the northwestern part of the Health Sciences Center. The library moved to this location in 1985 and occupies a 50,000 square foot facility. The library was named for Dr. J. Otto Lottes, an orthopedic surgeon from St. Louis and an alumnus of the University of Missouri.
This facility is available to the entire University of Missouri community, but its primary users are faculty, students, and staff of the School of Medicine, Sinclair School of Nursing, School of Health Related Professions, Health Services Management, and the University Hospitals and Clinics.
The library is part of the National Library of Medicine's National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Program, which is a nationwide network of more than 4000 health sciences libraries and information centers. The program divides the country into eight regions and within each, there is one major institutional library designated as the Regional Medical Library, or RML, which is under a contract from the National Library of Medicine to administer and coordinate services in the geographic region. A key role is to distribute information about the NLM's products and services, and to link health professionals to basic health sciences library services in Missouri. The J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library belongs to the Midcontinental Region, and is one of seven resource libraries in the region. The headquarters for this region is Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah.