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About Countway

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The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is one of the largest medical libraries in the world. Countway holds more than 630,000 volumes and subscribes to 3,500 current journal titles.

Countway serves the Harvard Medical School, 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. 


Mission Statement

The mission of the Countway Library of Medicine is to foster the advancement of education, research, scholarship and professional practice in medicine, biological sciences, public health and dentistry by:

  • Assuring access and linkage to the world’s literature in the biomedical and relevant social sciences
  • Exploring and promoting effective utilization of information and knowledge
  • Educating library users in the principles and techniques of information management
  • Preserving an historical record through its scholarly, rare book and archival collection
  • Creating a stimulating and synergistic setting for intellectual growth 


The Boston Medical Library is a physicians' non-profit organization. In 1960, the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical School Library entered into an agreement to combine their collections and administration in a new building known as The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.