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. Find out more about the history of Dun’s Library.

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 currently about half of the library’s collections are included. The electronically catalogued material includes most of the books dating from before 1850.
If you can’t find the book you are looking for on the catalogue, please contact us and we can check the card catalogues.

What’s in Dun’s library?

Dun’s Library is a historical medical library. The core collection dates from the 1780s to 1900s, with some earlier material. This collection includes books, pamphlets and journals on medicine and the related sciences. This was the working library of RCPI during the golden age of Irish medicine in the nineteenth century, and reflects Ireland’s importance on the European field of medicine at that time.

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.


Dun’s Library is open to researchers, by appointment, Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm, and from 2pm to 4.30pm. Please contact us to make an appointment.

Contact us

Contact us by phone at +353 1 669 8817 or by email at heritagecentre@rcpi.ie.

Or you can write to us at:

Heritage Centre
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
6 Kildare Street
Dublin 2
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