Western University of Health Sciences Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library Western University of Health Sciences
Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library

Special Collections

Our Reading Room collection consists of more than 400 rare and important older medical books, manuscripts, and journals in addition to pamphlets in the health sciences. The collection’s strength is in the area of osteopathic medicine and the history of medicine; however, recent acquisitions include books on veterinary medicine, podiatry, dentistry, pharmacy and optometry.

Two notable acquisitions to our collection are the first edition copies of The Autobiography of A.T. Still, signed by A.T. Still; and the Louis C. Chandler Papers, a prominent osteopathic physician and surgeon whose accomplishments include holding the office of president at the College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (COP&S) from 1920-1922 and chief of staff from 1930-1934 at the Los Angeles County Osteopathic Hospital, unit No. 2, now the Los Angeles County Hospital.

Our Special Collections continue to grow through donations. To ensure the preservation of the collections, materials do not circulate but are available in the Reading Room only. To better serve your needs, please call in advance to make an appointment at (909) 469-5304 or (909) 469-8489.

Reading room hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday.