London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Library

The Library, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT

(020) 7927 2276 (printed material)
(020) 7927 2966 (archives)

Hours of opening:


Monday - Friday 0830 - 2025
Saturday 0900 - 1230


Monday - Friday 1000 - 1630


The Library is open for reference purposes to anyone who needs to use the open access collections. Visitors need to show some form of identification verifying either current membership of another institution or current home address. Access to the rare books collection is by appointment only.

Access to the Archives is by appointment only. All researchers must complete and sign a user registration form which signifies their agreement to abide by the archive rules. All researchers are required to provide proof of identity bearing your signature (for example, a passport or debit card) when registering.

Reader places:

There are 74 reader places throughout the Library

Librarians in charge:

Victoria Cranna (Archivist & Records Manager)

Jane Falconer (Information Services Librarian)

Staff availabilty:

The Library Enquiries desk is staffed throughout Library opening hours. Queries about the rare books collection should be directed to the Information Services Librarian and queries about the archives to the Archivist. These staff are usually available from 9.30 – 17.30 on weekdays.


The Library’s web-based catalogue is available at and contains information about all items published 1970 onwards. This is supplemented by printed catalogues. A project to add these to the web-based catalogue is underway.                  




c. 1500 volumes on the history of medicine and medical biography, c. 500 volumes and pamphlets on the history of public health and tropical medicine.

Special collections:

The rare books collection consists of the Reece collection on smallpox and vaccination and a general collection of rare books relating to tropical disease and public health, this collection dates from 1650s to early 20th century. Access is via a paper catalogue.   

The archives of the School date from the mid-nineteenth century and consist of correspondence and personal papers of scientific, medical and public health professionals involved in the search for preventative measures and cures to diseases including malaria, filariasis, cholera and leprosy. These include the papers of Sir Patrick Manson (tropical medicine specialist), Major General Sir Leonard Rogers (tropical public health physician) and Sir Ronald Ross (discoverer of the mosquito transmission of malaria). There are also administrative papers of the School, an extensive photographic collection, and scientific and medical artefacts. These resources relate to the United Kingdom and countries in Asia and Africa. See for the archival collections online catalogue.

Additional facilities:

Photocopying. Refectory open 1000 -1600