Biodiversity Heritage Library
This blog is written by staff writers who come from a consortium 14 of major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions around the world. These institutions have joined forces to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a digital library providing open free access to digitized texts from the taxonomic corpus. Participating libraries include Harvard's University's Ernst Mayr Library, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the California Academy of Sciences, just to name a few. They have over two million volumes of biodiversity literature, collected over 200 years to support the work of scientists, researchers, and students in their home institutions and throughout the world.
Biodiversity Heritage Library's Latest Posts
Seed and Nursery Catalogs at The New York Botanical GardenThanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), The New York Botanical Garden’s The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the most comprehensive botanical and horticultural library in the Americas, has recently cataloged all 58,000 items in its Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection. The grant also funded the digitization of public domain pre-1923 American nursery catalogs and their publication to the […]
This month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts outlining the importance of biodiversity literature, made available for free and open access through the Biodiversity Heritage Library, to today’s scientific research and conservation initiatives. With your help, we can help save biodiversity. The Science of Identifying Life on EarthThere are an estimated 8.75 million species on earth, of which almost 2 million have been described. Scientists classify about 18,000 new species […]
While there are plenty of accounts on the natural history of Latin America, many of the best-known stories are from the point of view of outsiders, especially those from the age of extensive European exploration. The new exhibition “Latino Natural History” aims to turn the focus to a few notable naturalists of Latin American origin, and recognizing the work they did to further the study of the world’s flora and fauna.Some of the featured naturalists, like Puerto Rican American […]
This month, we’re publishing a series of blog posts outlining the importance of biodiversity literature, made available for free and open access through the Biodiversity Heritage Library, to today’s scientific research and conservation initiatives. With your help, we can help save biodiversity. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is revolutionizing the way scientific research is conducted by providing free and open access to biodiversity literature and archives representing […]
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