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John Martin Rare Book Room

John Martin Rare Book Room

Access to the John Martin Rare Book Room is by appointment only. Please contact Damien Ihrig at damien-ihrig@uiowa.edu to arrange a day and time.


Classes: The Rare Book Room is available for virtual instruction this fall! Please contact Damien Ihrig at damien-ihrig@uiowa.edu to arrange the details of your class.


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Learn about items in the collection, moments from the history of medicine and the health sciences, and exciting events at the Rare Book Room and beyond!


The nearly 6,500 volumes in the John Martin Rare Book Room are original works representing classic contributions to the history of the health sciences from the 15th through 21st Centuries. Also included are selected books, reprints, and journals dealing with the history of medicine at the University and in the State of Iowa.

Secondary sources such as histories of particular subjects, biographies, and bibliographies are housed in the Hardin Library main collection.