Libraries Specialized on Michael Servetus

There are some libraries in the world with significant collections of books written on and by Servetus. Most of them were originated as a donation from singular personalities that, somehow, were passionate and admirers of the Servetus personality and legacy. This section aims to compile these places in order to support the search for any reference on Servetus. There are links to the web sites and from there you may start to search for availability. If you know of other libraries that should be listed here you may contact us and send your comments.

Historical Collection Institute of the History of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
1900 East Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21205, USA

The Historical Collection was established in 1929 in association with the Institute of the History of Medicine, which occupies the top floor of the William H. Welch Medical Library. The rare book collection consists largely of gifts received by the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. An important collection of books by and about Michael Servetus was the gift of Leonard Mackall, a noted Baltimore bibliophile, especialist on the history of medicine and close friend of Sir William Osler.

Osler Library of History of Medicine, McGill University
McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 3rd floor, McGill University,
3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler (formerly Drummond St.)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Osler Library is Canada's foremost scholarly resource in the history of medicine, and one of the most important libraries of its type in North America. The nucleus of the Library is the collection of 8,000 rare and historic works on the history of medicine and allied subjects presented to the Faculty of Medicine by Sir William Osler (1849 - 1919). Since the opening of the Library in 1929, the collection has continued to grow by purchase, gift, and transfer (particularly, in the latter case, of older books from the Health Sciences Library). The Osler Library has a large collection of books on and by Servetus bequethed by William Osler.

Instituto de Estudios Sijenenses Miguel Servet
Casa Natal de Miguel Servet, Calle Mayor
Villanueva de Sijena, Huesca, Spain

The IESMS Library is Spain’s main resource in Servetus Books. It is housed in the Instituto de Estudios Sijenenses located at the Servetus House in Villanueva de Sijena. This Instituto was created in 1975 by the schollar Julio P. Arribas Salaberry with the goal of promoting the Servetus Heritage as well as other historical assets of the region (Monasterio Real de Santa María de Sijena). The book collection consists largely of a donation by Julio P. Arribas plus acquisitions performed by the Instituto during the last years.

Medical Historical Library of the Yale University School of Medicine
333 Cedar Street
New Haven
Connecticut, USA
Phone: +1 (203) 785-4354

The University's present Medical Library was founded in 1941, largely due to the efforts of Dr. Harvey Cushing and two other renowned medical specialists, Dr. Arnold C. Klebs and Dr. John F. Fulton. Calling themselves "The Trinitarians", these three great figures of twentieth-century medicine gave their extensive library collections to Yale to form the nucleus of one of the great medical historical libraries of the world. Dr. Cushing, neurosurgeon and collector of the works of the early anatomists and surgeons; Dr Klebs, physician, bibliographer, and incunabulist; and Dr. Fulton, physiologist and collector of medical literature, spearheaded the development of medical history as a major field of study and made a significant contribution to the understanding of medicine and the history of culture.

The British Library Public Catalogue
The British Library, Boston Spa
Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7BQ, United Kingdom
Phone: + 44 (0) 1937 546430

The British Library Public Catalogue (BLPC) is a web interface to the main British Library catalogues. The catalogues are divided between material available in our Reading Rooms and that available for remote supply as photocopies or loans. You can search all catalogues, all of the modern (post-1975) reference material together, all of the Document Supply material together, or an individual catalogue. If you know that an item will be found in only one catalogue, it will usually be quicker to select only that catalogue. There is also an order facility for customers to order loans and photocopies of material held by the British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC). Through our standard and rush services, we can deliver photocopies around the world by mail, fax or Ariel®. For some services, registration is required.