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Welch Library Building


Historic yet Modern


The building, constructed in 1929, recently underwent renovations to improve lighting, seating, study areas, technology, and electrical systems. The historic exterior now has a modern interior.


The East Reading Room has newly created group study areas, along with improved open seating.



The West Reading Room features improved silent study areas and John Singer Sargent's portraits of the four founding physicians of the School of Medicine and the school's founding benefactor, Mary Elizabeth Garrett.



The central second floor lobby, between the East and West Reading Rooms, has areas for study or relaxation and hosts displays for the Institute of the History of Medicine.



On-site stacks hold thousands of books, journals, and other print materials. Additional print materials are maintained off-site and can be requested in-person at the Welch Services Center on the lower level or electronically using the Library Catalog (Catalyst).



Individual Study Carrels located within the stacks area have been updated to provide additional wired and wireless connectivity, improved lighting, bulletin boards, and white boards.



Two technology-enabled conference rooms that each seat 20-25 people may be reserved for meetings, workshops, etc. For information about reserving these rooms, visit our "Event-Planning" page.


The Welch Services Center (WSC) is located on the lower level of the building in room B03. WSC staff can help answer your questions about:



The service center is open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday. WSC staff are also available by phone at (410) 955-3410, via instant chat or through email.


The Institute of the History of Medicine is located on the third floor of the Welch Library building. Its holdings of rare medical books include a large collection of 19th century medical texts, which are available to scholars for on-site research and review.


Looking for a place to host your next meeting or reception? Consider using the newly renovated spaces of the Welch Library. For more information, contact Allen Strong, Manager of the Welch Medical Library Building, at (410) 955-4701 or astrong@jhu.edu.