Dr. Casey Wood, noted ophthalmologist and ornithologist, and (early in his career) Osler's clerk at the Montreal General Hospital, was a noted collector of works on ophthalmology and its history as well as ornithology. This latter interest arose from his work on comparative ophthalmology. His ornithological works now form the basis of the Blacker-Wood Library of Biology at McGill.
Books are not the only things which have been presented to the Library. Medical instruments, photographs, prints and particularly archives of McGill medical notables have been added to the collection, though these are all now under the care of the Osler Library. About 350 metres of fonds relating to Osler, Harvey Cushing (Osler's friend, colleague and biographer), Edward Archibald, Maude Abbott, Jonathan Meakins and A.E. and T.A. Malloch to name a few, have been deposited for posterity.
Gifts in kind are part of what makes a great library, but the Health Sciences Library also has the additional benefit of an endowment fund raised over many years by many individuals - staff, students, community members and medical school classes. This endowment, which we are always trying to increase, totals over $2 million and income from it is an essential part of the Library's funding. It provides about 10% of the Library's current expenditure on books and journals.