Using the Wellcome Unit Library
Staff, students and visitors are welcome to use the Wellcome Unit Library's collections and study space. The Library is for reference use only. First time users and users who are not members of the Wellcome Unit can access the Library during staffed opening hours. Members of the Unit can use the Library 9am-5pm from Monday to Friday.
Only bottled water may be consumed in the Library, but the Unit's kitchen is available for library users to take a break in.
The Library welcomes recommendation from Unit members for material to purchase for the Library - please submit recommendations using our recommend a book form.
More information about:
- the Wellcome Unit Library collections
- IT & copying in the Wellcome Unit Library
- opening hours
- support for MSc/MPhil HSMT students and researchers
- keeping up-to-date
Using other libraries in Oxford
There are many other libraries in Oxford that may be useful to historians of medicine studying and working at Oxford University. The SOLO library catalogue lists material held in the Wellcome Unit Library Library, other Bodleian Libraries and college libraries.
The Bodleian Libraries group consists of the central Bodleian Library site and the University's departmental and faculty libraries, including the Wellcome Unit Library. It does not include the college libraries.
The largest libraries housing history of medicine and science collections are the Bodleian Library (open shelf material, closed stack material and special collections), the Radcliffe Science Library and the Bodleian History Faculty Library. However, other libraries also hold material on related subjects and geographical areas e.g. the Vere Harmsworth Library for US Studies. You may need to contact libraries in advance to check entrance requirements and opening hours. A full list of Bodleian Libraries with website links and contact details is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.
Services provided by the Bodleian Libraries:
Inter-library loans - request material from other libraries if it is not available on Oxford
Scan and deliver - request digitised scans of chapters or journal articles in the closed stacks
Requesting material from the stacks - request material stored in the closed stacks to be brought to a library.
College libraries and archives
College libraries and archives also hold potentially relevant material. Normally Oxford colleges only admit members of the college. However, if the material you wish to consult in a college library is not held in the central University collections, it is normally possible to contact the library/archive to arrange access.
The Wellcome Unit Library purchases material to support the history of medicine courses taught on the HSMT MSc and MPhil courses, where the material is directly related to the history of medicine. Where material is primarily about another subject e.g. social policy or the military history, Wellcome Unit Library staff liaise with other Bodleian Libraries to ensure provision.
If you are a tutor who has updated a reading list or a student unable to locate an item on an existing reading list, please contact us.
Digitised material for history of medicine courses
The Wellcome Unit Library has started to digitise print chapters and articles, where copyright limits permit, listed in history of medicine reading lists. Annotated reading lists and digitised material are available for HSMT students via WebLearn (Single Sign On required). Please contact us if you are unable to access the material.
Preparing for your thesis and support for researchers
Students preparing for a MSc or MPhil thesis are invited to the History Graduate Information Fair, which runs every Michaelmas term, to discuss resources available for their topic. Dozens of subject specialists from Oxford libraries and archives attend the Fair to offer advice to students.
Group training sessions are available throughout the academic year to help students improve their research skills.
One-to-one sessions for all library users can be arranged with the Librarian or other subject specialists to provide personal advice on research methods and resources for individual research topics. Please contact us to book an appointment or to request advice by email.
Example theses from previous students are available to consult in the Library.
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