From the time it was chartered in 1805, The Boston Medical Library has served the needs of medical students, physicians-in-training, practicing physicians, and allied professionals not only in Massachusetts, but throughout the world. The BML's priceless historical collection matched for its breadth, depth, and quality by only a few other medical libraries in the world lives today as an incomparable resource for the medical professional. Whether you are researching a clinical presentation or journal submission, writing an historical treatise on some little-known medical subject, looking for answers to current clinical problems, or simply learning more about the roots of modern medical practice, the Boston Medical Library has something for you.


The Library's collections grew so rapidly during the early 1800's that in 1829 they were deposited in the Boston Athenaeum for the next fifty years. By the late 1800's, as the move toward scientific medicine accelerated an explosion of medical literature, again it became apparent that a separate library was needed to serve the Boston medical community. In 1875, with Oliver Wendell Holmes serving as its first president, the Boston Medical Library began anew at 5 Hamilton Place near the south end of Boston Common; space considerations led to another move by the turn of the century to 8 The Fenway, and subsequently in 1965 to its present location on Shattuck Street, where it combined its collections with those of the Harvard Medical Library in The Countway Library of Medicine.