Wellcome Library

Contact details

Website: wellcomelibrary.org E-mail: library@wellcome.ac.uk Tel: 020 7611 872

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About the library

The Wellcome Library is one of the world's major resources for the study of the history of medicine. It also has a growing collection of contemporary materials covering consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science. The library holds over 750,000 books and journals and an extensive collection of manuscripts, archives, films and over 250,000 pictures. The collections have been awarded 'Designated' status by the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council which signifies their national and international importance. Copac includes the Wellcome Library catalogue which provides details of text documents and images held at the library. The Wellcome Library is free and open to the public.

The local library catalogues are available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc. as well giving you local location details.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? The Wellcome Library's archives and manuscripts collections are searchable through the online catalogue. An overview of the archives and manuscripts collections is available through the Wellcome Library's contributor page at the AIM25 (Archives in London and the M25) website, and details of some collections are available at the Wellcome Library's contributor page at the Archives Hub.


Wellcome Library data on Copac

Example record from the Wellcome Library:

Title: Jan Antonides van der Linden, professor of medicine, holding a book. Etching by Rembrandt, ca. 1665. / [By Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn 1606-1669.]

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.