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Waring Library Society

The Waring Library Society is a "friends of the library" group founded in 1979 to support the mission of the library, specifically developing the collections, raising funds for the Library's endowment, promoting membership and perpetuating interest in the history of the health sciences.

Membership in the Society is open to all. Society dues directly support the programs and activities of the Waring Historical Library.

The Society sponsors events, conservation, and student programs, as well as two lectures per year, the Warren A. Sawyer lecture usually held in the fall, and the Joseph I. Waring, Jr. lecture usually held at the Annual Meeting in the spring. These events are open to the public and feature speakers who are prominent in their fields. The Society also sponsors the Student Medical History Club. This student group meets monthly at noon for lunch and a brief informal talk on some aspect of medical history. It is open to students in all six colleges.

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Membership in the Waring Library Society is open to all individuals interested in the mission of the Society.

The mission of the Waring Library Society is to support the Waring Historical Library by developing the collections, raising funds for the Library’s endowment, promoting membership and perpetuating interest in the history of the health sciences. The Society also serves as advocate for the Waring Library within the University and in the community at large.

Become a member.

Annual dues are:

  • Student Members $5.00
  • Regular Members $50.00
  • Supporting Members $100.00
  • Contributing Members $250.00
  • Patron $500.00
  • Fellow $1,000.00
  • Life Members $2,500.00

Student Medical History Club

The Waring Library Society sponsors the Student Medical History Club to promote interest in the history of the health sciences among students in all health-related disciplines of the University. During the academic year, the group meets each month for lunch and to hear an informal lecture on some topic in the history of medicine. Reservations for lunch are required.

Contact: Susan Hoffius, Waring Historical Library, 792-2288.

Join the Student Medical History Club/MUSC Facebook page and receive regular invitations to events.


View the full schedule of lectures.

Warren A. Sawyer Annual Lecture

The Warren A. Sawyer Lecture is named in memory of Warren “Buzz” Sawyer who served as Director of Libraries at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1968 until his death in November 1989. Mr. Sawyer was born in Bay Shore, New York, and grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and earned his MS in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He contributed to local and national functions in roles as diverse as Secretary to the University Faculty and member of the Biomedical Library Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine. Mr. Sawyer was a long-time member of the Waring Library Society of which he served as president.

Joseph I. Waring Lecture and Annual Meeting

Dr. Henry Fraser, Professor Emeritus, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology, University of the West Indies, Barbados, will be the speaker for the 2014 Joseph I. Waring Jr. Lecture and Waring Library Society Annual Meeting. Dr. Fraser will present his talk, "Pestilence in Paradise: Dr. William Hillary's Epidemiology in Colonial Barbados" on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Basic Sciences Auditorium. A reception will follow at the Wickliffe House.