Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

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Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections. This literature will be available through a global “biodiversity commons.”

The participating libraries 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. The 10 member libraries of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) members now have over 1.124 
million pages of key taxonomic literature available on the web. 
The BHL will provide basic, important content for immediate research and for multiple bioinformatics initiatives. For the first time in history, the core 
of our natural history and herbaria library collections will be available to a truly global audience. Web-based access to these collections will provide 
a substantial benefit to people living and working in the developing world -- whether scientists or policymakers. 

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