Bioethics Collections & Resources

On this page you will find links to several other collections and resources dealing with bioethics materials at institutions other than Georgetown University.

Inclusion to the list requires the institution holds materials relating to the study of bioethics and has a web presence that is actively maintained. The collections and resources range from journal publications to archival materials. The resources are held in both physical and digital forms and are collected here to provide assistance to patrons exploring bioethics. The resources and collections are presented in alphabetical order and is not meant to be taken an authoritative list of all resources available.

Descriptions are taken directly from the collection or resource page and more information can be found by visiting the home page of each resource.

The Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture – K.T. O’Loughlin LibrarySouthern Cross Bioethics Institute

“The Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture houses the K.T. O’Loughlin Library, which was established under the auspices of Southern Cross Bioethics Institute. It is one of Australia’s most outstanding consolidated bioethics collections.

The Kevin O’Loughlin collection is available for study purposes for all levels of inquiry including tertiary and secondary school students. As it is a research collection no loans are made, but for private study purposes, reading and photocopying facilities are available. Staff are also happy to discuss your project or your topic of interest, and assist you in navigating the library.”

Bioethics Advisory Committee Special Collection – Iowa State University 

“The collection includes minutes from the Iowa State University Bioethics Advisory Committee, drafts of the Ag Bioethics Forum, materials related to symposiums, and articles, correspondence, and planning materials for the Bioethics Institutes. In addition, it includes articles and presentations written and presented by Gary Comstock, as well as materials pertaining to conferences he planned and attended. The videos included in this collection, of programs on various bioethical issues and of speakers at the 1995 Iowa State University Bioethics Institute, are housed separately in the vault.”

Bioethics Special CollectionsThe Minority Health & Health Equity ArchiveUniversity of Pittsburgh 

“…an electronic archive for digital resource materials in the fields of minority health and health disparities research and policy. It is offered as a no-charge resource to the public, academic scholars and health science researchers interested in the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities.

• Bioethics Collections (62)
o John Cutler/Guatemala Syphilis Study (13)
o Tuskegee Syphilis Study (45)

Center for Bioethics RepositoryUniversity of Pennsylvania

“The Penn Center for Bioethics / Department of Medical Ethics is a leader in bioethics research and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice of the life sciences and medicine.

The Center / Department’s education mission includes a Master of Bioethics program; an undergraduate bioethics concentration; teaching in the medical school; teaching and advising in other schools within the University of Pennsylvania; continuing and executive education courses, conferences, and seminar; clinical consultation; and a high school bioethics program.”

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity

“The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity explores the nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. Within a Judeo-Christian Hippocratic framework, we anticipate, interpret, and engage the pressing bioethical issues of our day. ”

Council of Europe – Health & Bioethics

“Biological and medical research and developments in technology have produced spectacular advances in the health field. However, these advances raise ethical issues that affect the individual and protection of the individual’s rights and dignity (genetics, medically assisted procreation, prenatal diagnosis, stem cell research etc). A brochure on Bioethics at the Council of Europe informs about the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of bioethics.”

Department of Bioethics & HumanitiesUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine

“The Department of Bioethics & Humanities owns and maintains a departmental library. The library is stocked with a variety of books on topics within medical history and ethics. Our collections are open to the public for browsing and research; however, books may not be checked out. It is highly recommended that visitors call ahead to check availability since access to the collections is limited. ”

National Center in Bioethics in Research and Health CareTuskegee University

“..the Nation’s first bioethics devoted to engaging the sciences, humanities, laws and religious faiths in the exploration of the core moral issues which underlie research and medical treatment of African-Americans and other udnerserved people.”

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics

“The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is an independent body that examines and reports on ethical issues in biology and medicine.”

Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center

“The Center was founded in 1982… Its purpose is to articulate authentic Catholic teaching with respect to bioethical issues, from technological reproduction to end-of-life decisions.

A unique feature of the resources is a collection – a library, really – of downloadable advance medical directives proposing instructions for health care, as well as the appointment of health care representatives. These resources represent practical, highly relevant applications of authentic Catholic teaching fully in accord with the latest teaching of the Church.

The Web site also publishes the highly renowned Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center Lecture Series in Bioethics, featuring addresses by some of the leading voices in moral theology and bioethics…”

Reference Center for BioethicsIndiana University, School of Medicine

“The study of bioethics issues (including medical ethics and research ethics) requires the use of a broad ranch of specialized and interdisciplinary information resources. This subject guide provides brief annotations of basic bioethics information sources. If you are new to the field of bioethics, this is a good place to begin your online research.

The resources below emphasize items available (at no cost) to the public. If you are looking for resources on a specific ethical issue, be sure to visit our Bioethics Reference Center for a list of our subject guides and information portals.”

Bioethics Digital Library – Indiana University

Tom Regan Animal Rights Archive – North Carolina State University
“Resources on animal rights and animal welfare materials may be located through the library’s online catalog. Manuscript collections relating to animal welfare and rights are listed here.”

The C. John Tupper Bioethics Library CollectionUniversity of California Davis, School of Medicine

“The C. John Tupper, M.D. Bioethics Library Collection was formally initiated in 1994, concurrent with the recruitment for the UC Davis School of Medicine’s endowed chair in bioethics. External support, through endowments and gifts, is essential to maintaining this collection of books and journals which extends beyond the basics of bioethics.

The Tupper Bioethics Collection is available to faculty, staff and students at UC Davis, including the UC Davis Health System. It is also a rich resource available for consultation by the Sacramento medical community who may borrow materials from this and other library collections by becoming members of the UC Davis General Library’s Library Associates.”

Julia A. Uihlein Bioethics and Medical Humanities Collection Medical College of Wisconsin

“The Julia A. Uihlein Bioethics and Medical Humanities Collection has greatly expanded the Library holdings in general ethics, bioethics, medical humanities and philosophy.

The Collection… covers a broad range of ethical issues in the health sciences, including clinical ethics, real life narratives, general philosophy, resource allocation, genetics, human rights, and other emerging issues.”


Updated October 14, 2014