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Welcome to the History of Medicine Library.

The Library

The library holds approximately 40,000 items covering all aspects of medical history, with a comprehensive focus on Australian material. The collection covers monographs, journals, artworks, manuscripts, photographs, correspondence and antique medical instruments. Much of the material is rare and unique.

We service the research needs of College fellows, College staff, academics, history students, genealogists and even occasionally medical researchers and lawyers who need to research the past. Any member of the public who is  genuinely interested in medical history is welcome to visit, take a guided tour of the library, and refer to our holdings in our well appointed Reading Room.

Historical tours are available to  interested members of the public free of charge  Mon to  Fri 9:00am - 4:00pm or later with notice. Note that appointments at least a day or two ahead of your visit are preferred. Also, note that the library will be closed from 4:00 pm on the 17th September 2014 and then will reopen at 9:00 am on  23rd September 2014.  


Library Services

Information Service

We can provide historical information, from readings that serve as a  background to lectures, to  published papers or books. Our staff will search electronic and printed sources for you, or refer you to resources that you can access. The librarian is  especially willing and able to guide historical research.


Fellows, Trainees, college staff and members of the public may borrow from some of the collection. Members of the public should enquire through the  inter library loans service at their own library. Rare and valuable material published before 1900 is generally not for loan but can be viewed our Reading Room. Photocopy facilities are nearby.

 The library's  services are free to bona fide researchers.

 Early Medicine

A Catalogue of Books (chiefly medical) printed before 1801 is now available in the History of Medicine Library.

Christmas 2014

Note that over the festive season 2014-2015 the library will be shut from 4:00 pm Friday 19th December and will reopen 9:00 am Monday January 5th 2015.