With over 40,000 volumes, the Clendening History of Medicine Library houses one of the nation's finest collections of rare, historical medical books and manuscripts. The library also maintains an extensive collection of monographs and periodicals in the history of medicine, medical humanities and biomedical ethics. Some personal medical papers and archival records are found in the library's collections, but the majority of those materials are housed in the KUMC Archives.
We continue to acquire rare books illustrating the history of medicine to complement and enhance the existing collection. In addition, the Library supports teaching and research in ethics, history and medical humanities by actively acquiring contemporary secondary works in these areas. The collections annually add about 600 new monographs and subscribes to about 40 journals.
In May of 2000, the library launched the Digital Clendening which presently includes eight separate digital collections.