Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

The Countway's Center for the History of Medicine (incorporating the Rare Books and Special Collections of the Library) is one of the largest medical history resources in the world and is open to scholars and researchers from around the globe.  The Center oversees the Rare Books and Special Collections of the Countway and also administers the archives of the Harvard Medical School, and the Schools of Dental Medicine and Public Health, and oversees a records management program.  In addition, the Center houses an extensive collection of prints and photographs, works of fine art, and medical artifacts, and has responsibility for the collections of the Warren Anatomical Museum.

Holmes Hall, the reading room of the Center, is open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. The Center is usually closed on major holidays and university holidays; call 617.432.2170 for additional information.

Recent classes at the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine include Freshman seminar, Making Medicine Modern and Art and Science from the 15th to the 20th Centuries.

Staff Services

  • Assistance with presentation of materials in class
  • Assistance with selection of materials
  • Bibliography of materials used in class
  • Creation of library research guide for class
  • Tour

Technology Available

  • Computer and data projector
  • Wifi

Administrative Information

  Class limit: 15

The Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine does not have a publicly available calendar. When making a request, please submit with your preferred times and a staff member will get back to you.