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Welcome to the Mass. Eye and Ear Libraries

We are the health sciences library for Mass. Eye and Ear. Our aim is to provide comprehensive and authoritative information for patient care, research, teaching and other functions.

Library Facilities and Collections

The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Library collections focus on ophthalmology and otolaryngology with some plastic surgery, neurology and general medicine. The ophthalmology and otolaryngology journal collections number 7,000 bound volumes and date from the 19th century. Currently the library receives 130 print titles in English as well as French, German, Russian, Czech, Japanese and Korean. Most of the journals are available to Mass. Eye and Ear staff electronically, and our holdings are supplemented with the extensive digital collections of Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

The text collection numbers over 5,000 volumes. There is an outstanding rare book collection of over 2,000 volumes with 149 items dating from 1490 to 1699. The Archives contains the historical papers of the hospital and historically-significant people affiliated with it, as well as photographs and medical instruments.

Online Catalog

The joint MGH, Mass. Eye and Ear library catalog, at, is web based and contains the holdings of Mass. Eye and Ear, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and several other Partners Libraries. Mass. Eye and Ear's holdings are clearly identified.

Access to the Library

The library can be used by anyone with a legitimate need: students, patients, patient families and visiting professionals. Public access computers are available for limited time use of 15 minutes and are intended for e-mail retrieval or short projects related to the person’s use of the hospital.