History of Medicine Library

The History of Medicine Library at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) has a leading collection of medical history items from Australia and around the world. The RACP established the History of Medicine Library in 1938 as a clinical library. The focus of the library changed to medical history in the mid 1950s. The History of Medicine Library continues to grow through the contributions of our College members.

The library holds over 30,000 medical history items, including:

  • monographs
  • journals
  • artworks
  • manuscripts (war diaries, private Physician papers)
  • photographs (Fellows, historical medical sites)
  • historical medical pamphlets
  • an early medicine catalogue
  • antique medical instruments

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Using the library

The library is open to everyone, we encourage students, researchers, genealogists and anyone who is interested in medical history to view our library collection.

Find information

Use our library resources to access a unique collection of medical history items, and modern publications from Australia and around the world.

The Librarian can help you by searching print and electronic resources, or advising where to source information. Contact the History of Medicine Library for assistance on the contact details below.

Borrow from our collection

College Fellows and trainees can borrow library items directly from the History of Medicine Library.

The public can borrow items through the inter library loans system. Enquire at your local library about the inter library loans process.

Rare material published before the 1900s is generally not for loan, but can be viewed and photocopied on library premises.

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