Wellcome Library is currently closed to the public

Following careful consideration of the current course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to close Wellcome Collection. 

We have made this decision in the interests of the health and wellbeing of our staff, service partners, tenants, contractors and visitors.

Please note that requesting of closed stacks material is not possible at this time.

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From 16 March 2020, Wellcome Collection is closed to the public and all staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our planned closure includes all services and facilities within the Library.

Joining the Library

A woman is turning a wheel which is tightening the string around a young girl's waist in order to make it smaller. Coloured etching.  Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Visiting the Library

Sketch made by Edward Lovett, showing districts of London where Lovett had collected blue amulet necklaces, which were thought to protect the wearer from illness. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

Services and facilities

A cluster of liposomes. Scanning electron micrograph by Annie Cavanagh. Credit: Annie Cavanagh, Wellcome Images

How to use the Library

A humorous image of two men wearing revolving top hats with several attachments for optical aids and tobacco. Coloured etching. Credit: Wellcome Library, London

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