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Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary

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November 2, 2004

Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins Celebrates Its Diamond Anniversary
-- Speakers include Nobel Prize Winner Peter Agre, M.D.

Johns Hopkins will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the William H. Welch Medical Library on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the Mountcastle Auditorium, Preclinical Teaching Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.   A series of speakers, including Nobel Prize winner Peter Agre, M.D., professor of biological chemistry at Johns Hopkins, will kick off the festivities.  A reception will follow in the West Reading Room of the library.

A model of its kind, the library was dedicated on Oct. 17, 1929, and today continues to provide a foundation for the education of physicians, nurses, public health experts and medical scientists and for the advancement of biomedical research at Johns Hopkins.  The library was named after William H. Welch, M.D., the first dean and one of the "Founding Four" physicians of the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, in recognition of his efforts in the creation of the library and the establishment of the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins.  In 1929, he traveled to Europe to personally acquire the library's first holdings: $12,500 worth of books.

Today, the Welch Medical Library continues to support the research, clinical, administrative and educational needs of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and beyond.  Nearly 80,000 people visit the library each year.  The library's collections now contain more than 400,000 bound volumes, 3,400 electronic journals, over 500 electronic books, over 250 databases and subscriptions to more than 1,300 print journals.

Speakers include:

  • Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean/CEO, Johns Hopkins Medicine. 

  • Nancy Roderer, M.L.I.S., director of the Welch Medical Library. 

  • Randall Packard, Ph.D., professor of the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins.  History of the Welch Medical Library.

  • Peter Agre, M.D., professor of biological chemistry and 2003 Nobel laureate.  Recollections of Life in the Welch Library.

  • David Nichols, M.D., professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, vice dean for education.  The Digital Library:  Academics, Economics and Ethics.

For more information, including a timeline of the Welch Medical Library, visit: