Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.
BHL also serves as the literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life .


Purposeful Gaming

Purposeful Gaming and BHL: engaging the public in improving and enhancing access to digital texts. December 2013 - November 2015.
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Art of Life

Art of Life: Data Mining and Crowdsourcing the Identification and Description of Natural History Illustrations from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. May 2011-April 2015.
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Global Names Project
Global Names Architecture: An infrastructure for unifying taxonomic databases and services for managers of biological information. June 2011 - May 2014.
Funded by Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program of the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI) at the National Science Foundation (NSF)

JRS Foundation - Smithsonian Libraries Report

Lounsbery Foundation

More about BHL Funding

The original funding for BHL came via the Encyclopedia of Life through a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (2007-2013). Learn more about funding sources for BHL.

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