May 25, 2022

Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds Two Partners & Makes Some Content Available on iTunesU

From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries:

Two new members have joined the Biodiversity Heritage Library: Cornell University Library (Ithaca, N.Y.) and the U.S. Geological Survey Library (Reston, Va.). These two institutions will contribute to the digitization of historical science literature in the BHL collections. All material will be online, free and available to the public.

Cornell University Library is one of the 10 largest academic research libraries in the United States. Within its 20 unit libraries, holdings number more than 7 million volumes and 7 million microforms. Particularly notable are Cornell’s History of Science collection and the entomology, beekeeping and historical agricultural collections housed at the Albert R. Mann Library, which serves the research needs of the agricultural, life science, human ecology and applied social science disciplines. For more information about the Mann Library, visit

Created in 1879, the U.S. Geological Survey maintains one of the world’s largest libraries dedicated to the earth and natural sciences. Scientific research is a key part of the Survey’s mission, and this work is supported by a wide array of monitoring activities and scientific collections, more than 1,000 research scientists and a library with more than 2,000,000 volumes, 1,500,000 maps and 800 current serial titles. For more information about the U.S. Geological Survey, visit

Headquartered at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Biodiversity Heritage Library is the literature digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants and other forms of life on Earth. BHL is a consortium of 14 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries and research institutions. Its goal is to contribute to the global “biodiversity commons” by digitizing and aggregating the resources housed within each of the participating institutions, providing free and open access to the legacy literature that underpins the work of the natural science community.

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and in other BHL News…

In February the Biodiversity Heritage Library launched eight collections of selected BHL content on the new iTunes U. They are dedicated to a variety of themes, and this release increases exposure of BHL material and is an innovative way to reach new audiences.

iTunes U is a dedicated area within iTunes that gives users public access to hundreds of thousands of free lectures, videos books, podcasts and courses from learning institutions all over the world. With the new iTunes U app users can download content directly onto their iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. There are currently eight collections of BHL materials available in iTunes U, including:

  • Fungus Among Us
  • Floral Mania
  • Charles Darwin’s Library: Selections
  • Extinct Species
  • Rarest of the Rare
  • Pillars of Biodiversity
  • Biota of Cape Cod
  • The Curious and the Bizarre

Direct to BHL on iTunes U.

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