Richard Bailey Library help

Perusing a volume from within the Richard Bailey Library one sometimes discovers more than the published text. Many of the volumes contain inscriptions or autographs and some have inserted associated letters, reviews or articles. Our library is a specialty collection of over 3000 publications covering the history of anaesthesia providing a unique opportunity in Australia for research specifically into our profession.

Our collection has a variety of books, from early textbooks to rare volumes such as an original copy of John Snow’s monograph On the Inhalation of Ether, to more recent international journals. It also holds instructional manuals and manufacturer’s brochures.

A highlight of the library is a rare collection of 300 books on Mesmerism (hypnotism), including the first translation of Anton Mesmer’s Memoire sur la decouverte du Magnetisme Animal, 1779.

Contact Details

PO Box 6278 North Sydney NSW 2059

Visitor Information

Level 7, 121 Walker Street, North Sydney NSW

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm by appointment



Wheelchair access

Reference library

Guided tour


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