All 42 Collections

  • Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives

    This collection contains all books contributed by Academy of Natural Sciences Library and Archives.

  • Archives from the Boston Metropolitan Park Flora

    In 1894 the Metropolitan Park Commission in Boston, Mass. commissioned the firm of Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot to survey of the plants of newly acquired woodland reservations. This collection includes 8,000 pages of correspondence, published books, articles, and maps documenting the progress of the survey.

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  • Art of Science

    This collection contains the rare books featured in the Australian exhibition "The Art of Science: Remarkable Natural History illustrations from Museum Victoria".

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  • BHL Australia

    This collection contains the titles and items contributed by museum and herbarium libraries in Australia.

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  • BHL China

    Content contributed by our global BHL partners with the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences. See the Biodiversity Heritage Library China website.

  • BHL Singapore

    This collection contains the titles and items contributed by National Library Board Singapore and its partner institutions in Singapore.

  • Blog Features

    All items featured in Book of the Week posts on the BHL Blog

  • Bone Wars Collection

    Collection of items authored or edited by Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh.

  • California Academy of Sciences

  • Carl Linnaeus Collection

    Select items authored by or about the Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist.

  • Celebrating Alfred Russel Wallace

    Selected items featuring the work of Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), British biologist, anthropologist, geographer, environmentalist, and human rights advocate. The man who, independently of Darwin, arrived to the same conclusion on natural selection. In 1858 he corresponded with Darwin about his theory, prompting Darwin to finally publish the famous work, On the Origin of Species, in 1859.

  • Charles Darwin's Library

    Books that were a part of Charles Darwin's personal collection.

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  • Curious and Bizarre Creatures

    What do deep sea monsters, mermaids, hydra, dinosaurs, and Shakespeare have in common? They're all in this collection featuring some of the strangest books BHL has to offer.

  • Early Women in Science

    This collection features works by important women scientists working prior to the middle of the twentieth century. Some of these women are well-known, and others have been only minimally recognized, but all are important for their unique contributions to their respective scientific fields.
    Part of the Early Women in Science exhibition

  • Engelmann Herbarium

    Botanical literature generated during expansion into the American West.

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  • Engelmann Papers, Missouri Botanical Garden

    The personal papers of the botanist George Engelmann include almost 5,000 letters from about 550 leading and amateur scientists in the United States and Europe in the middle decades of the 19th century. The collection also includes the various scientific notes and written works composed by Engelmann during his life as a medical doctor living in St. Louis, Missouri.

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  • Ernst Mayr Library of the MCZ, Harvard University

    This collection contains all books contributed to BHL by the Ernst Mayr Library.

  • Extinct Species

    Dinosaurs, dodos, and more. Selected books highlighting extinct species of plants and animals.

  • Field Museum Library

    This collection contains all books contributed by the Field Museum Library.

  • Fieldiana: The Flora of Peru

    This collection contains those Fieldiana:Botany volumes which comprise the series Flora of Peru.

  • Floral Mania

    These books contain some of the most beautiful and unusual illustrations of flowering plants in BHL.

  • Harvard University Herbarium, Botany Libraries

    This collection contains all books contributed by the Harvard University Herbarium, Botany Libraries.

  • Latino Natural History

    This collection features items related to naturalists from — or who are descendants of people from — Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Central and South America, often referred to collectively as Latin America. These Latino/a naturalists have influenced the study of the world's flora and fauna, and in many cases provided the foundation for the study of science in their home countries.
    Part of the Latino Natural History exhibition
    Esta colección presenta títulos relacionados a naturalistas que son de — o son descendientes de personas de — México, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Centroamérica, y Sudamérica, paises a los que frecuentemente se refiere como Latinoamérica. Estos naturalistas latinos/as han influido el estudio de la fauna y flora del mundo, y en muchos casos crearon las bases del estudio de ciencias naturales en sus países.
    Parte de la exhibición Latino Natural History

  • Library of Congress

    This collection contains all books contributed by the Library of Congress.

  • Missouri Botanical Garden's Materia Medica

    A title scanned for Trio Foundation.

  • Missouri Botanical Garden's Orchid Folios

    Titles scanned for the Trio Foundation, 2011

  • Missouri Botanical Garden's Rare Books Collection

    A volume scanned as part of MBG's Rare Books Website.

  • Monsters Are Real

    Many of history's most fearsome legendary monsters are based on real animals. The BHL Monsters Are Real campaign explores the stories, people, books, and animals that inspired such infamous beasts as Sea Serpents, the Kraken, Hydra, Mermaids, and Leviathans. This collection includes the books that fueled such monster myths, as well as those that highlight the real identity of these beasts.

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  • Museum Victoria

    This collection contains all books contributed by Museum Victoria, Australia.

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  • Natural History Museum Library, London

  • New York Botanical Garden

    Items contributed from the New York Botanical Garden.

  • Notable Women in Natural History

    A collection of selected works created by women who made direct contributions to the study of Botany and Zoology either by way of authoring or editing works on the subject or by providing critical illustrations to support the works authored by someone else. This collection is by no means comprehensive.

  • Once There Were Billions

    Once an amazing diversity of birds—some in breathtaking abundance—inhabited the vast forests and plains of North America. But starting around 1600, species began to disappear, as humans altered habitats, over-hunted, and introduced predators. This collection includes books related to the exhibition "Once There Were Billions" which focuses on the extinction of four bird species: the Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis), Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), and Heath Hen (Tympanuchus cupido cupido.)

  • Publicaciones en Español

  • Rarest of the Rare

    These unique gems of the Biodiversity Heritage Library collection represent some of the rarest natural history works to ever hit the digital world.

  • Savants of Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign

    Contributions of the French scientists who took part in Napoleon's Egyptian Expedition. These materials represent works by the scientists associated with the campaign or are later works by said scientists not necessarily related to Egypt.

  • Seed & Nursery Catalogs

    This collection includes works issued as seed and nursery catalogs, originally published for the purposes of documenting trends, products, and expert advice related to botany, horticulture, and commercial agriculture.

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  • Shark Week Collection

    A collection of works about sharks to celebrate Shark Week.

  • Smithsonian Field Book Collection

    This collection contains titles and items from the Smithsonian Field Book Project, an initiative to increase accessibility to field book content through cataloging, conservation, digitization, and online publication.

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  • Theodore Roosevelt Collection

    Selected works authored, co-authored or introduced by Theodore Roosevelt dealing with Natural History. Also available in iTunes U.

  • UNEP-WCMC Collection

    The collection of content provided by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

  • Whales: From Bone to Book Collection

    Select items about the anatomy, ecology and evolution of whales authored by notable authors and Smithsonian scientists, part of the Smithsonian Libraries "Whales: From Bone to Book" exhibit.