Wellcome Library

Wellcome Library
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

(020) 7611 8722
(020) 7611 8369 (fax)


Same as above.

Hours of opening:

Monday - Wednesday, Friday 1000 - 1800
Thursday 1000 - 2000
Saturday 1000 - 1600
Excluding:  Public Holidays, Bank Holiday Weekends, Christmas - New Year Holiday.

Closed for one week in summer for stocktaking.


Open to the public without appointment. Evidence of identity required. Admission free. Wheelchair users should contact the Library or check access details on the Library’s web site prior to their visit.

Reader places:  


Librarian in charge:                       

Dr Simon Chaplin

Staff availability:                    

During public opening


Post-1850 Printed Books and Periodicals

On-line catalogue.

Pre-1851 Printed Books and Periodicals

On-line catalogue and published catalogues.

Manuscripts & Archives

On-line catalogue; some published catalogues and handlists.


On-line catalogue; some published catalogues and handlists.

Iconographic Collections

On-line catalogue; published catalogue of portrait-prints; remainder uncatalogued.


Revised Barnard (for open-access monographs).
NLM (for primary, post-1850 monographs and periodicals).
Local classification.


A rich resource for studying both the history of medicine and contemporary biomedical subjects.

Special collections or strengths:

Pre-1851 Printed Books (70,000)                                                                                                                        

Post-1850 Printed Books and Periodicals (700,000)                                                                                           

Archives and Manuscripts

(9000 manuscripts and 600 collections of papers)

Oriental Mss (12,000)                                                                                                                                           

Oriental Printed Books (4,000)                                                                                                                             

Pamphlets (55,000)                                                                                                                                              

Iconographic works (200,000)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Additional facilities:

Enquiry service. Photographic service. Self-service scanning. Microform reader-printer