Surplus medical titles available from LC

As part of a special project, the Library of Congress is making available free of charge extra copies of a large number of medical books that are being withdrawn from its collection.  The volumes come from all areas of the R classification.  All or most of the volumes are United States imprints published from 1950 to the present.  They are all monographs – no serials are included. 

The volumes are former service copies and bear standard Library of Congress markings and labels.  They are stamped as having been withdrawn from the Library’s collections.  Over the next several weeks, we expect approximately 20,000 volumes to be made available.

These books are available at no cost.  However, a participating library must make its own selections from the available titles and either carry them out or arrange for shipping.  The Library of Congress will handle packing of volumes that are selected in boxes that it provides.

To become a participant, an organization must submit an application for the Library’s Surplus Books Program.  Full guidelines, requirements and the application are available at:

For questions about this special availability of medical books, please contact Richard Yarnall, Acting Head of the Acquisitions Fiscal and Support Office, at

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