The Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University began as a few shelves of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics’ scholars’ books. As the interdisciplinary field of bioethics grew, so did the library. It now includes:
- More than 300,000 books, journal articles, audiovisuals, and archival materials on a wide range of topics.
- Materials written in over 20 languages.
- A diverse range of opinions expressed on bioethical issues around the world.
Visiting the Library
Located in Healy Hall (Room 102) on Georgetown University's main campus, the Library is open to the public. No appointment is necessary, but if you are interested in only a few items, please contact us so that we may have them ready for you prior to your arrival. While the collection does not circulate, you may keep materials on personal hold behind the reference desk for subsequent visits. Reference librarians are available to assist you if you need help while in the library.
Accessing the Collection Online
The library’s databases on bioethics literature, organizations, and syllabi are accessible via our web site and contain many links to full-text materials. Other sources of full-text documents on this site include the digital archives of the Presidential Bioethics Commissions, the Office for Human Research Protections, and the Genetics and Ethics Digital Collections.