Discover a Menagerie of Natural History Resources with the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

Dec 12, 2017 · Abbey Elder

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is “an open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives.” It contains high-quality scans of antique books and illustrations on topics related to natural history and botany. BHL features broad subject coverage and holds valuable documents for scholars and nature enthusiasts alike.

To locate openly licensed images, view the BHL’s collections on Flickr, or browse any of the 57 collections of scanned books and illustrations on the BHL website. Their featured collection at the moment, A History of Cats from 1858 to 1922, is a delightful look at how books located in the Library of Congress have portrayed cats over time. Other collections, like Dazzling Diversity: The Insect World provide useful resources for scholars in Entomology.

To stay up to date with new collections, follow the BHL on Twitter @BioDivLibrary.