Biodiversity Heritage Library

BHL Logo ImageThe Smithsonian Libraries is proud to be one of the founding members of the BHL - a consortium of 12 natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the literature of biodiversity held in their collections as a part of a global "biodiversity commons." The BHL consortium works with the international taxonomic community, rights holders, and other interested parties to ensure that this biodiversity heritage is made available to a global audience through open access principles. In partnership with the Internet Archive and through local digitization efforts, the BHL has digitized millions of pages of taxonomic literature, representing tens of thousands titles and nearly 100,000 volumes.

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Quarterly Reports of SIL's activity in BHL