The first Boston Medical Library (BML) was founded by Doctors John C. Warren and James Jackson in 1805. The Boston Medical Library was formally organized in 1875 by Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes who served as its President. In 1960, the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical School Library entered into an agreement to combine their collections and administration in a new building known as The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.     
Regular Hours
Monday through Thursday




8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Noon to 7:00 PM

Noon to 11:00 PM

Information on Library closings due to weather or other emergencies is posted on the Countway Information Line at (617) 432-4888
For More Information about Library Hours click here

Also see: the MBTA Web Site for information on public transportation in Boston
A map of the Countway Library's location courtesy of
Detailed maps of the Longwood medical campus and the Harvard Medical School Quadrangle

The Countway Library, including the Rare Books and Sepcial Collections Department, is located in the Longwood Medical Area at 10 Shattuck St. Boston, MA 02115.

The Library is visible from Huntington Avenue between Longwood Ave. and Francis St. The Countway entrance is at the end of Shattuck Street, which runs parallel to Francis Street behind the Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Nearest MBTA "T" Stop: Brigham Circle on the Green Line "E" Train.
Nearest MBTA Bus Stop: Harvard School of Public Health, Bus #39, Huntington Ave.


Parking is available to Boston Medical Library Fellows. Please contact Roz Vogel at 617-432-4807 or by e-mail at to obtain a parking sticker for the Countway Parking Lot.

Other parking convenient to the Countway is available as folows:

Street parking on Huntington Avenue @ $0.25 per 15 minutes, 2 hour maximum
Brigham and Women's parking garage on Francis Street
Children's Hospital parking garage on Longwood Avenue