Request Materials

Researchers can now request locked Medical Historical Library books through Orbis.  Please do this for access to locked stacks materials, to use in the Historical Library Office/Secure Reading Room.  These collections do not circulate.

Once in Orbis, click the following link:

The first time you “Request for Use in the Medical Historical Library,”  you will be prompted to register, unless you have previously registered as a patron at another Yale Special Collection, such as the Beinecke or Manuscripts and Archives.  After that, the information will automatically populate in the form. Put in the date you are planning to come to the Medical Historical Office to view the materials, and Submit the request.  For requests to see materials not in cataloged in Orbis, go directly to the Request form, and fill in the fields with as much information as possible before submitting the request.  Please email historical.library@yale.edu with any questions.

Please make sure that you are only requesting materials with a location of Medical/Historical.  At this point, materials from other parts of the Yale University Libraries cannot be transferred to Medical Historical Library for viewing. 

Many, but not all, of the Medical Historical Library collections can be found through Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog. Please consult the Library's Digitized Collections for a selection of materials that are not contained within Orbis, including parts of the Prints and Drawings collection, Posters, Yale Medical School photographs, Postcards, Bookplates, Medical and Scientific instruments, and more. 

There are also multiple books and articles on the Library collections which are helpful in discovering materials. Please see the bibliography on the Medical Historical Library collections.  Also note that two of the Cushing catalogs are available online:

Yale Medical Library. Historical Library.  Harvey Cushing collection of books and manuscripts.  New York : Schuman's, 1943.
 
Harvey Cushing. A Bio-Bibliography of Andreas Vesalius.  New York : Schuman's, 1943.