History of Medicine Library

The Library is closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

Our Librarian can assist you in your search through our print and electronic resources as well as provide advice on where to source other information. Contact us to discuss your enquiry.

Our History of Medicine Library, located at our head office in Sydney, has a leading collection of medical history items from Australasia and around the world.

The College established the Library in 1938 as a clinical library. The focus of the library changed to medical history in the mid 1950s. The Library continues to grow through the contributions of our College members.

The Library holds medical history items, including:

  • monographs, journals and artworks
  • manuscripts – war diaries, private physician papers
  • photographs – Fellows, historical medical sites
  • historical medical pamphlets
  • an early medicine catalogue
  • antique medical instruments

Many of the unique collections have been recorded in our online library catalogue.

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Featured catalogue items

Ashton automatic injector

ashton-automatic-injectorInjector and instruction manual.

Burroughs Wellcome pharmaceuticals

burroughs-wellcomw-pharmaceuticalsLeather folding case containing samples of Burroughs Wellcome & Co. Travelling kit


Borrow with us

If you’re a member you can borrow items directly from the History of Medicine Library.

Members of the public are able to borrow items as inter-library loans. Enquire at your local library about the inter-library loans process.

Rare materials, or items dated before the 1900s, are not for loan but can be viewed and photocopied in-person at the Library. 

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