Use of the Collection/Services

Most of the materials in the Rare Book Room are listed in the UI Libraries InfoHawk Catalog and this is the logical place to begin any search. If a book is located in the Rare Book Room, the catalog record will include “UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences Rare Book” in the location statement. Search results can be narrowed by selecting “Hardin Library for the Health Sciences” under “Library” in the search refinement section.

All books and journals must be requested from the librarian. Materials housed in the Rare Book Room must be used in the room; in some cases arrangements may be made to have material photocopied.

Exhibits – The Rare Book Room features exhibits of the works of notable individuals and special aspects of the history of the health sciences on a regular basis. In addition, the Anatomia Universa of Paolo Mascagni is permanently displayed. The Rare Book Room also features Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language and the desk used by Sir William Osler while he was Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, England.

Heirs of Hippocrates – The latest edition of this book, published in 1991, is an annotated bibliography of 2,343 of the collection’s most significant historic works relating to the development of medicine. A copy is available in the Rare Book Room and in the Hardin Library reserve collection under its call number (Z6676 .I68 1991). Copies may be purchased from the John Martin Rare Book Room. Click here for additional information on Heirs of Hippocrates.

Digital Images – Arrangements may be made to have digital images made from materials in the collection. Individuals may also request permission to use their own equipment to take images.

Policy of Reproduction and Use of Images – Application for reproduction of materials owned by the John Martin Rare Book Room must be made to the Curator, who will invoice the person making the application for the cost of services. Rates are assessed using those established for the Special Collections Department. More information on the reproduction and use of library images can be found here.

George Bartisch (1535-ca. 1607). Ophthalmodouleia; das is, Augendienst. [Dresen: Matthes Stoeckel], 1583. [28] 274 [83] ll., illus., port.