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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Smithsonian Libraries presents The Curious Mister Catesby event, a panel lecture and book signing on April 14. The Catesby Trust’s new book, The Curious Mr. Catesby: A “Truly Ingenious” Naturalist Explores New Worlds is available now. The event is free and open to the public


Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds CONABIO as New Member

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, welcomes the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, or CONABIO) as a new member and global node.

Biodiversity Heritage Library joins the Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Biodiversity Heritage Library, headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, has joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility as an associate participant. GBIF operates through a network of global nodes to develop and maintain an open data infrastructure for sharing digital biodiversity data. As an associate participant, BHL will encourage open access and use of biodiversity data among its stakeholders and actively participate in the implementation of the GBIF Work Programme.

Smithsonian Libraries Unveils “Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America”

Friday, June 20, 2014

Once an amazing diversity of birds—some in breathtaking abundance—inhabited the vast forests and plains of North America. But starting around 1600, some species began to disappear as humans altered habitats, over-hunted and introduced predators.