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The History of Medicine Library

The Library

The library holds approximately 40,000 items covering all aspects of medical history, with a comprehensive archive of Australian material. The collection includes monographs, journals, artworks, manuscripts, photographs, correspondence and antique medical instruments. The collection includes a significant amount of material that is rare and unique.The library's aquisition policy is tailored to the historical research needs of members of the College.

The library services the research needs of College fellows, trainees and academics, post graduate history students, genealogists, medical researchers, lawyers and authors who need to research the medical past. Members of the public interested in medical history are also welcome to visit, take a guided tour and refer to our library holdings in the Reading Room.

Opening Hours

The library is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm. The library will close one day a fortnight, however, it can open any business day with notice.

Historical tours are available to interested members of the public. Tours are free, please make an appointment at least two days ahead of your visit.

Library Services

Information Service

The library provides historical information from books, pamphlets, personal papers to archives.

Library staff can assist by searching electronic and printed sources for you, or refer you to library and archival sources both in Australia and overseas. Staff are able to guide and assist with historical research. The library's services are free to researchers. 


College Fellows, trainees and  staff  may borrow directly from about half of the collection.

Members of the public should enquire through the inter library loans service at their nearest library if they wish to borrow items. The library's holdings are visible on the National Libraries Network (LADD) and TROVE. Rare and valuable material published before 1900 is generally not available for loan but can be viewed in the Reading Room.

Photocopy facilities are available.