Our library’s collections cover thousands of years of health and medicine across different cultures.
About the library
The library is free to visit and open to everyone over the age of 18, whether you’re using the collections for research or just curious to find out more.
Our collections contain historical and contemporary books, artworks, archives and manuscripts exploring our personal and cultural relationships with health and medicine.
The library provides a calm and quiet atmosphere, with lots of desk space for individual study and research.
The library is on level 2 of Wellcome Collection. Ask our staff at the level 2 Admissions Desk for more information.
- Monday Closed
- Tuesday 10:00—17:00
- Wednesday 10:00—17:00
- Thursday 10:00—19:00
- Friday 10:00—17:00
- Saturday 10:00—17:00
- Sunday Closed
Things you need to know for your first visit to the library
Because we have many rare and unique items in our collections that need protection, there are some things you can’t bring into the library.
Everything you need for your research and study – phones, laptops, pens, papers and books – should be carried either in your arms or in a clear plastic bag.
Everything else – including outdoor coats, bags and laptop cases larger than a piece of A4 paper, umbrellas and all food and drink, including bottled water – should be left in the lockers on level 0.
We provide water fountains with paper cups in the library, but water should not be taken to desks or collection areas.
Where to get help
Our staff at the Admissions Desk, just outside the library gates, can give you general information about the library and advise you on whether a day-visitor pass or library membership is best for your needs.
If you’re looking for more advice on where to start with your research, our staff in the library space will point you in the right direction.