This is the most important collection of manuscripts and archives on the history of medicine in Britain. While medicine provides the unifying theme, a vast range of subjects relating to the history of European science and culture is represented.
The History of Medicine Collection contains books, journals, reference works and electronic resources covering the history of all aspects of medicine, as well as allied scientific disciplines, social sciences and humanities.
The Medical Collection contains printed works of medical and scientific literature published from the 15th century to the present day, including rare books and ephemera.
The Art Collection contains more than 250,000 prints, drawings, paintings, photographs and works in other media dating from the 14th century to the present.
The Asian Collection contains manuscripts and printed items from Asia and North Africa, written in over forty separate languages and many different scripts.
The Library’s film, video and audio collection is one of the largest of its kind. It covers all aspects of medicine, health and welfare throughout the 20th century and beyond.