The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has collaborated with the Medical Heritage Library and other medical libraries on this project to digitise and make available online nineteenth century books and pamphlets. This project has been funded by the Wellcome Trust.


Approximately 15 million pages of printed books and pamphlets have been made freely available under an open license. The digitised content is on multiple platforms including the Internet Archive, the Wellcome Library and Jisc Historic Books. The project's focus is on books and pamphlets on medicine and its related disciplines. This includes material relating to the medical sciences, consumer health, sport and fitness, as well as different kinds of medical practice, from phrenology to hydrotherapy.


  • Over 10,000 of the College's books have been digitised and made available online
  • The books can be searched by author, title, date and keywords
  • The complete texts can be downloaded


Click here to access our digitised books online

Click here to read more about this project on our blog