About the MHC

The Medical Heritage Center opened May 1, 1997 shortly after the library moved back to its newly renovated building in October 1996. The Center began through a generous seed grant of $300,000 from the Academy of Medicine of Columbus and Franklin County Foundation (now the Columbus Medical Association Foundation). OSU University Hospitals contributed $250,000 to complete the physical layout of the floor. In 1998 the Columbus Medical Association awarded the Center a grant for $50,000 to complete the furnishings of the floor.

The Center is located on the fifth floor of the Prior Hall. The collection consists of rare books, archives/manuscripts, artwork, textiles and medical artifacts.

Contact Us

An archival medical photo

Medical Heritage Center


Fifth Floor, Prior Hall

The Ohio State University
Health Sciences Library
376 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210


Open by appointment only.

Email mhcmail@osumc.edu for reference services or to schedule an appointment.

Pay an MHC invoice online by credit card

NOTE: The Ohio State University is transitioning to a new financial system. Credit card payments can only be processed through December 15. If credit card is the desired method payment and it is after this date, please let us know. An invoice will be created in the new financial system on or after January 7, which will include instructions for method of payment