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The Library

Our library has one of the best health, medicine and medical history collections in the world.

You can find us on level 2 of Wellcome Collection. We’re the first stop for anyone who wants to learn about medicine and how it’s evolved.

Whether you’re an academic, a student or just curious, there’s plenty here for you. Everyone’s welcome.

With a calm and restful atmosphere, the Library has free wifi and charging points, as well as lots of desk space and natural daylight.

And if you’re coming to work with friends or colleagues, there are study rooms you can book in advance.

As you’d expect, you can’t eat or drink or bring in animals – except for assistance animals.

Joining the Library

Anyone can join. You don’t need to be a student, academic or researcher.

Get day membership by signing in at the admissions desk. Bring along photo ID and proof of address for full membership.

Our collections

Whatever aspect of medical history you’re interested in, we’ve got it covered – from allergies and anatomy to war surgery and women’s health.

There’s material on everything you’d expect – obesity, gender and plastic surgery, for example. But there’s also plenty on subjects you probably wouldn’t – like alchemy, witchcraft or vampires.

Much of our collection is on the open shelves. You may have to order some books in advance.

Get in touch

Call us on 020 7611 8722
Email us at library@wellcome.ac.uk