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The Library

The Library at Wellcome Collection, Ben Gilbert. © Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC-ND.

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 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. Find out more about joining the library.

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.

Opening hours

  • Monday 10:00—18:00
  • Tuesday 10:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 10:00—18:00
  • Thursday 10:00—20:00
  • Friday 10:00—18:00
  • Saturday 10:00—16:00
  • Sunday Closed

Library closures

Planning a research visit? Our library is closed over bank holiday weekends and between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day:

  • Friday 19 April 2019Monday 22 April 2019
  • Saturday 4 May 2019Monday 6 May 2019
  • Saturday 25 May 2019Monday 27 May 2019
  • Saturday 24 August 2019Monday 26 August 2019

Get in touch

Library enquiries+44 (0)20 7611 8722