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 .


Mining Biodiversity

January 2014 - December 2016
Mining Biodiversity: Enriching the Biodiversity Heritage Library with Text Mining and Social Media.
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (for US partners)

Or visit the Global Project website at Mining Biodiversity: Enriching Biodiversity Heritage with Text Mining and Social Media.

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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