Dun’s Library

Dun’s Library has been part of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland since 1713, when Sir Patrick Dun left his personal library to the College. Over the past 300 years the library has provided an invaluable resource for medics and, in more recent years, medical historians.


What’s in Dun’s library?

The library also holds a substantial collection of Irish medical works from the first half of the twentieth century, and a supporting collection of history of medicine in Ireland works, including biographies and hospital histories.  

The library also holds a substantial collection of Irish medical works from the first half of the twentieth century, and a supporting collection of history of medicine works, including biographies and hospital histories.

Dun’s Library also holds a number of special collections including the personal libraries of the mid-nineteenth century obstetrician Fleetwood Churchill, the library of the Irish Cardiac Society, and the libraries of two noted Irish medical historians John Fleetwood and T P C Kirkpatrick.

Click here to find out more details about our special collections


The online catalogue

We are currently undertaking a project to electronically catalogue the entire library collection of some 30,000 items. This is a work in progress, and we are currently about half way through the project.

At the moment electronically catalogued material includes all books published before 1850, most of our special collections, our collection of Irish medical journals and our history of medicine and genealogy collections.

Not included in the electronic catalogue at the moment is our substantial pamphlet collection and our none-Irish journals.

If you can’t find the book you are looking for on the catalogue, please contact us and we can check the card catalogues. 


Access

Dun’s Library is open to researchers, by appointment, Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 4.00pm.
Please contact us to make an appointment.


Contact us

Contact us by phone at +353 1 669 8817 or by email

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