Rare Book Room renovation

RBR shelf

We are renovating! Due to a project to improve the environmental conditions in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room at The New York Academy of Medicine, the Reading Room will be closed to readers from February 1, 2013. We anticipate that the room will reopen for use on June 1 2013.

While some materials will continue to be accessible for use, portions of the rare book collection will not be available throughout the renovation period, and readers will be relocated to another space in the building. We will do our best to accommodate readers and reference requests, but please note that response times will be slower and appointment times may be limited.

If you have plans to use the collections this spring, please contact Acting Curator and Reference Librarian for Historical Collections Arlene Shaner at history@nyam.org or 212-822-7313 as soon as you have information about your plans, to verify whether the materials you would like to see will be available for use.

We are looking forward to welcoming readers back to a much-improved space in the early summer and thank you in advance for your patience during our renovations. We will post updates here on the blog throughout the project.

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The Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health, which includes the Library, promotes the scholarly and public understanding of the history of medicine and public health and the history of the book. Established in 2012, the Center aims to build bridges among an interdisciplinary community of scholars, educators, clinicians, curatorial and conservation professionals, and the general public. The Center’s Library is one of the largest medical collections in the United States open to the general public, to whom it has been available since 1878.

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