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Health Sciences Library



At its inception, the Medical Heritage Center began acquiring historic material and artifacts that speak to central Ohio's rich health sciences history. All MHC collections are housed in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment.

All collections are available for viewing by appointment.


The rare book collection contains over 20,000 volumes representing limited edition and one-of-a kind monographs dating back to 1555.

All rare books are cataloged and searchable through The Ohio State University Library Catalog.


The artifacts collection represents medical equipment used as early as the 1800's and ranges from those now perceived as quackery to those that were truly innovations of their time.

Please contact the Collections Curator for more information and access to the artifact collection.


The Center's archives include the papers and memorabilia from regional and nationally recognized luminaries such as Arthur G. James, MD, William G. Myers, MD, PhD, and Robert Zollinger, MD, as well as medical organizations such as the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association and the Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association.

Finding aids of the archival collections can be viewed here.

The Medical Heritage Center also participants in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository. The Repository is designed to showcase the rich collections housed in archives, libraries, and other institutions throughout the state of Ohio. The Repository provides access to collections on a broad scale, increasing the visibility of these unique and valuable resources for research.