About the 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 1950’s. 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:
- Manuscripts (war diaries, private Physician papers)
- Photographs (Fellows, historical medical sites)
- Historical medical pamphlets
- An early medicine catalogue
- Antique medical instruments
Who can use the library?
The library is open to College Fellows and trainees at the RACP, as well as members of the public.
We encourage students, researchers, genealogists and anyone who is interested in medical history to view our library collection.
What does the library offer?
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 1900’s is generally not for loan, but can be viewed and photocopied on library premises.
Take a tour of our library
Take a guided tour of our library to view rare and unique pieces of medical history. We offer free historical tours to the public from Monday to Friday (9.30am – 5pm).
Contact the History of Medicine Library on the contact details below to book a tour of the library.
View our early medicine catalogue
Browse through our early medicine catalogue for a collection of early medicine books from the library. There are 400 items in the catalogue, all published before 1801, available to view in the History of Medicine Library.
The History of Medicine Library worked with the RACP and Monash University to publish this uniquely Australian asset and introduce it to a wider audience.
Contact the History of Medicine Library
Contact our Librarian for further information on the History of Medicine Library.
Phone: +61 (2) 9256 5413
Where is the library located?
The library is located at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians building, 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW Australia.
History of Medicine Library opening hours
As the Library closes one day per fortnight, please contact the Librarian before your visit.
Our standard opening hours are:
9.30am - 5pm by appointment