Library Information

Director – Louise Collins – 617-573-3664
Reference Librarian – Sachie Shishido - 617-573-3196

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Closed weekends

Current collections

Print Journals

Bookshelves115 active subscriptions – paper copy
58 Ophthalmology
46 Otorhinolaryngology
8 Plastic Surgery
3 General (Science, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine)

Online Journals

101 of our print journals are also available electronically through Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, many journals that we do not own are available digitally to our staff through Harvard or Partners. A username and password provided by each institution is required for use of the digital journals.


The library owns more than 40 titles, both foreign and domestic, with holdings from the 19th century. Some are located in the main library, but most are in storage.


Copier Service

The library has one copier available for use. Self-copy is 15 cents per black and white copy or 25 cents per color copy. The copier also allows patrons to scan as a PDF and send to an email address. There is no charge for the scanning. 


The library has a number of computers that are available for patrons with MEE usernames and passwords. The library also provides two public access computers that do not require a password for use. These are intended for short-term use (15 minutes or less) by visiting students, lecturers, patients and families, and any staff who do not have other access.

The Abraham Pollen Archives

The Abraham Pollen Archives contain the historical records and papers of the hospital, including annual reports from the 1800's to the present, many of the old case reports, an extensive photograph collection, board records, and other hospital records.

Archives Books Archives Instrument

There is also a collection of old medical instruments from both specialties and a spectacle collection. The New England Ophthalmological Association houses its archival papers with the Mass. Eye and Ear Archives. Several times a year, visiting scholars use the archives for their research and, of course, members of the Mass. Eye and Ear community are welcome to use the collection.