The library will reopen on Tuesday 5 January, along with the rest of Wellcome Collection

In the interests of our staff and visitors' safety, we plan to reopen our museum and library on 5 January 2021. You will need to book a ticket to enter the venue, and follow our new safety measures. Ticket booking will be available in December. Find out more on the Wellcome Collection website.

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About the collections

Find out about the different Library collections and the breadth and variety of materials that they contain.

Archives and Manuscripts

Chart showing pellagra cases in 1918 in prisoner of war camps. From the Royal Army Medical Corps Muniments Collection.  Credit: Wellcome Library, London

History of Medicine Collection

A nurse, with the various activities performed by nurses. By Bureau central des infirmières, Office National d'Hygiène Sociale and G Hazan. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Medical Collection

Chart showing temperature and mortality of London for every week of 11 years, 1840-50. Printed reproduction, by William Farr. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Art Collection

Saint Elizabeth offers a bowl of food and a tankard of drink to a male patient in the hospital in Marburg, Germany. Oil painting by Adam Elsheimer. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Asian Collection

A man wearing long earrings. From Persian MS 373, folio 42 verso. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Moving Image and Sound Collection

A scanning electron microscope image of the sensory hair bundle of an inner hair cell from a guinea pig. Credit Dr David Furness, Wellcome Images