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Photograph of the entrance desk of a library. Behind the desk a man stands wearing a face covering and a staff lanyard. He is talking to a female visitor standing on the other side of the desk, who is also wearing a face covering, a stripy jacket and who is holding a plastic bag. Between the two of them is a large perspex screen which runs the length of the desk. Queuing behind the visitor at the desk is a man in a pink shirt and a yellow face covering who is holding a see through plastic bag containing a laptop. On the glass partition in the background are two large figurative oil paintings.
Wellcome Library, Steven Pocock. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Our library’s collections cover thousands of years of health and medicine across different cultures. 

The library is closed along with the rest of Wellcome Collection at present, but you can still explore our collections through the catalogue. You’ll find thousands of online books and digitised images, archives and manuscripts in the catalogue that are free for anyone to access and use remotely. 

Library members can access online databases and e-journals remotely. If you’re not a member but need remote access to these resources, please contact us. 

And we’re still here to answer your questions and to advise on researching the collections. 

Get in touch

Library enquiries+44 (0)20 7611 8722

About the library

The library is free to visit and open to everyone over the age of 18, whether you’re using the collections for research or just curious to find out more.  

Our collections contain historical and contemporary books, artworks, archives and manuscripts exploring our personal and cultural relationships with health and medicine. 

The library provides a calm and quiet atmosphere, with lots of desk space for individual study and research. 

The library is on level 2 of Wellcome Collection. Ask our staff at the level 2 Admissions Desk for more information.  

Things you need to know for your first visit to the library 

Because we have many rare and unique items in our collections that need protection, there are some things you can’t bring into the library. 

Everything you need for your research and study – phones, laptops, pens, papers and books – should be carried either in your arms or in a clear plastic bag. 

Everything else – including outdoor coats, bags and laptop cases larger than a piece of A4 paper, umbrellas and all food and drink, including bottled water – should be left in the lockers on level 0.

We provide water fountains with paper cups in the library, but water should not be taken to desks or collection areas. 

Where to get help 

Our staff at the Admissions Desk, just outside the library gates, can give you general information about the library and advise you on whether a day-visitor pass or library membership is best for your needs. 

If you’re looking for more advice on where to start with your research, our staff in the library space will point you in the right direction. 

Opening hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed