Sir Patrick Dun
Dun's Library was founded in 1713 when Sir Patrick Dun (1642-1713), an eminent physician and former President of the College, bequeathed his personal library to the College.
"Like wise I would give my books for the lawful use of the sd Professors and College of Physicians, provided the sd. Professor or Professors … give bond and security to keep and preserve the sd Library and all and every book and books in it."
Clause in the will of Sir Patrick Dun, 1713
For 250 years the library collection evolved and developed as a research and teaching collection for members of the College. While the main focus of the library is medicine, there are also works on other branches of science, law, classics, antiquaries and other subjects that interested the College Fellows. In addition, the library collected any works written by our Fellows, these cover a wide range of topics from a biography of Thomas à Kempis to travel writing and poetry.
In the 1960s the difficult decision was taken to no longer maintain a current medical library, the focus instead shifting to preserving the historical collection.