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Robert S. Morison Library

The Robert S. Morison Library of the Hastings Center supports the research interests of Hastings, its Fellows, the visiting scholars program, and the general public (by appointment). Established in 1970, the library is the oldest bioethics collection of its kind. Housed in what was originally constructed in 1955 as the gymnasium for The Malcolm Gordon School, the library contains more than 9,000 books, journals, and audio visual materials. The card catalog can be accessed here. Users on site may use the following databases:

Proquest: Health Research Premium Collection

JSTOR: Journals, primary sources, and books

NOVELNY: New York Online Virtual Electronic Library

The Hastings Center’s archives are stored at the National Library of Medicine. A description of the collection can be located here. Email inquiries concerning the archives should be directed

Resources from Center cofounder Daniel Callahan are housed at Yale University. Inquiries regarding those materials should be directed to Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University.

The Hastings Center regrets that is not able to respond to telephone requests for materials or research assistance.

A helpful website supporting bioethics research and providing other information services is hosted by the Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University or by phone 1-202-687-3885.