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Rare Books and Special Collections


Rare Books and Special Collections consist of more than 8,000 medical texts published as early as 1496 and newer print and audiovisual materials of local interest. Items do not circulate but can be used within the library by appointment.

Rare Books Collections

The Rare Books Collections of the Falk Library of the Health Sciences bring together a fine selection of rare books from the former libraries of the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Graduate School of Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic as well as notable donations of Gerald Rodnan and Mark Ravitch. They represent the tastes and interests of many collectors. The books are arranged by author and title and can be located through PittCat for the Health Sciences (Catalog). In lieu of call number, the topical collections were created. These categories expose the provenance and the strengths of our rare book collections. They focus on the most interesting books and highlight the gems. The links below offer also the list of titles in each category.

Special Collections

The growing collection of print materials relating to people involved with the health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and hospitals of UPMC is discoverable through PittCat. For certain unique manuscript or archival materials, finding aids were created to provide a more detailed description than a cataloging record: