The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is one of the largest medical libraries in the world. Countway serves the Harvard Medical School (HMS), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston Medical Library, and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Countway houses the Center for the History of Medicine, the Brigham and Women's Hospital Archives, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Archives, and the Warren Anatomical Museum.
The Boston Medical Library (BML) is a physicians' non-profit organization. In 1960, the BML and the HMS Library entered into an agreement to combine their collections and administration. This agreement lead to the creation of The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.
The mission of the Countway Library is to cultivate and advance education, research, scholarship and professional growth in the health and biomedical sciences by facilitating access to scholarly information and knowledge, preserving a historical record, and creating a stimulating and synergistic setting for intellectual growth.