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The Academy is home to one of the nation’s most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health, with an extensive rare book collection. The library is dedicated to building bridges among an interdisciplinary community of scholars, educators, clinicians, and the general public. It fills a unique role in the cultural and scholarly landscape of New York City through its collections and by providing research services and an engaging roster of public programs integrating medicine with history, the humanities, and the arts presented by its Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health.
The Academy its library were founded in 1847; the library opened to the public in 1878. With more than 550,000 volumes, it is now one of the largest medical library collections in the United States, and is open to the general public by appointment. The library’s holdings are housed in closed stacks and may not be browsed.
Established in 2012, the library's Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health builds bridges among an interdisciplinary community of scholars, educators, clinicians, curatorial and conservation professionals, and the general public. More news about the Center and its programs and activities can be found on its blog, Books, Health, and History. Reflecting its changing focus, the library now collects in the histories of medicine, public health, and the book.
The library houses a significant part of its rare book collection in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room, which also holds many secondary sources in the history of medicine and the history of books and printing.
While its primary emphasis is its historical collections, the library continues to serve the needs of health care professionals and the general public. It publishes the bi-monthly Grey Literature Report and provides reference services on medical and public health topics.
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029
Open by appointment
10 AM–4:45 PM
The Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10 AM - 4:45 PM
12 PM - 6:45 PM
Join us on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) to see highlights from the collection in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room. Meet at 12 pm in the lobby.