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June 5, 1967

The Osler Library: McGill University

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Scientific Publications, American Medical Association, Chicago.

JAMA. 1967;200(10):865-870. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120230117017

On Wednesday, May 29, 1929, at ceremonies held in Montreal, an outstanding private library officially became the Osler Library of McGill University. In this way, Sir William Osler's promise and plan of many years was fulfilled.

The Osler Library (Fig 1) is many things. First, it represents the lifelong avocation of a remarkable man. It serves also as a shrine for the large number of physicians and laymen who continue to respect Osler's memory. Then again, the library represents in turn a book (the Bibliotheca Osleriana), a library per se, and also a laboratory.

Osler's Hobby  Speaking about hobbies, Osler once said, "No man is really happy or safe without one." His hobby, one which he pursued throughout adult life, was books. When he was about 18, attending school in Toronto, Osler bought his first book and, unknowing, began his hobby. A year or two later, while living in the