Established in 2012, the Library's Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health brings together the public and professional programs of the library and aims to build bridges among an interdisciplinary community of scholars, educators, clinicians, curatorial and conservation professionals, and the general public.

Each year, the Center hosts a wide-ranging roster of public programming, integrating health and medicine with history, the humanities, and the arts. The Center’s lectures, workshops, seminars, and other events deliver unique and enriching experiences to thousands of New Yorkers every year. More news about the Center and its programs and activities can be found on the Library's blog, Books, Health, and History

Public Programs

The Center’s public programming explores the interaction and influence of the arts, humanities, and history on questions of health and medicine through a diverse calendar of events. These events include themed explorations of aspects of our collections, lectures in the history of medicine and public health, lectures in the history of the book, and an annual all-day Festival.

Professional Workshops & Seminars 

The Center offers professional workshops, seminars, training and educational opportunities that explore issues of relevance to library, historical, and conservation communities.