Wellcome Library

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The Wellcome Library is one of the world's greatest collections of books, manuscripts, pictures and films around the meaning and history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day.

The entire collection of the Wellcome Library is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive, Science centre

Opening hours

Monday 10.00-18.00
Tuesday 10.00-18.00
Wednesday 10.00-18.00
Thursday 10.00-20.00
Friday 10.00-18.00
Saturday 10.00-16.00

Admission charges

The Library is free to use and open to everyone.

You do not need to make an appointment, but will need to register as a user on your first visit. To do this, please bring a driving licence, passport, current utility bill or bank statment as proof of identity. Registering should only take a few minutes.


The entire collection of the Wellcome Library is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The collection relates to the study of the history of medicine and associated subjects. The collection is outstanding as a historical, evidential and cultural resource of national and international importance in the field of the history of medicine.

Our collections span the globe from Aztec medicine to Japanese surgery and include film, photographs, manuscripts, archives, paintings and books.

Items from this collection

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Religion, Photography, Natural Sciences, Medicine, Literature, Fine Art, Film and Media, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Reading Rooms displays, see our web site for more information.
  • Designated Collection

Wellcome Library
183 Euston Road
Greater London




Wellcome Library


Library Outreach



020 7611 8722


Library Enquiries

+44 (0)20 7611 8369

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