The Osler Library of the History of Medicine opened in 1929 to house the collection of rare medical and other books donated by Sir William Osler, the renowned physician and McGill graduate and professor. Initially comprising 8000 titles listed in the Bibliotheca Osleriana, the collection – the finest of its kind in Canada – has grown to around 100,000 works including older, rare materials as well as current books and periodicals about the history of the health sciences and related areas.
Friends of the Osler Library

The Osler Library has an active group of Friends chaired by Dr. Richard Cruess, whose financial, and moral, support is very helpful in allowing the Library to continue to buy material, preserve our rich collection and make it available to others.

Membership in the Friends of the Osler Library is open to anyone who is interested in the Osler Library, the life and legacy of Sir William Osler or the history of medicine.

Funds raised by the Friends help the Osler Library purchase books and journals, conserve and restore our unique collection and make it as widely available as possible. Membership includes a subscription to the Osler Library Newsletter and discounts on the purchase of the Library’s occasional publications.

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March 19, 2013