Biodiversity heritage literature merges the line between art and science, assembling descriptions of species and other accounts with meticulously crafted illustrations. While this literature is of great scientific and cultural importance, it is often very rare and difficult to access.
The EU-project ‘Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe’ is dedicated to solving this problem by making this type of content easy to find. It aims to make the existing digital collections of European biodiversity literature freely accessible to anyone online. Both BLE’s multilingual portal and the Europeana portal provide instant access to this type of literature, with over 100,000 objects now already available through Europeana. More than anything, the BLE highlights how biodiversity heritage literature encompasses art, science, culture and history — with trivia, summaries, diaries, history, fantastic illustrations and even recipes.
On top of this the Biodiversity Library has created an exhibition space to highlight their content, with two exhibitions. The first welcomes you to the wondrous world of spices and their representation in literature. The second takes you on trip around the world, detailing some of the most famous and exciting expeditions ever mounted.
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Biodiversity Heritage Library Collection Size (as of March 13, 2012)
- 54,214 titles
- 103,078 volumes
- 38,028,590 pages