The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history institutions that cooperate to digitize the biodiversity literature, illustrations, and other works in their collections, making it freely available to the world. A self-described “global biodiversity community,” the organization’s mission is to improve research methodologies and inspire discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge.
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Universal Access to Biodiversity Knowledge
BHL’s parent organization, Smithsonian Libraries, best describes the organization’s purpose:
“By providing free access to biodiversity knowledge, BHL is helping scientists identify and conserve life on Earth. Scientists have long considered that insufficient access to the published literature, much of which is available in only a few select libraries in the developed world, is one of the chief impediments to the efficiency of research in the field. By removing boundaries to access, BHL is repatriating knowledge to all parts of the globe, strengthening scientific and conservation efforts on every continent.”
You can donate to support the Biodiversity Heritage Library here.