Bridging the history of medicine, humanities, and the arts.
The Academy is home to one of the most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health in the world, safeguarding the heritage of medicine to inform the future of health. The Library's collections contain many of the formative texts of medicine and allied fields from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. It is equally renowned for its extensive journal collection comprising medical serials from around the world, and for its ephemeral materials that are now proving of immense historical value.
The Library is dedicated to building bridges among an interdisciplinary community of scholars, educators, clinicians, and the general public, and fills a unique role in the cultural and scholarly landscape of New York City. Serving a diverse group of patrons—from historians and researchers to documentary filmmakers to medical students and elementary school students—the Academy collections serve to inform and inspire a variety of audiences from the academic to the public at large.
Through its Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health, the Library is also home to an engaging roster of public programming integrating medicine with history, the humanities, and the arts. The Center's lectures, workshops, seminars, and other events deliver unique and enriching experiences to thousands of New Yorkers every year.