The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of the world’s leading natural history libraries working in cooperation to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity. In partnership with the Internet Archive and through local digitization efforts, BHL has digitized over 32 million pages of taxonomic literature, representing over 45,000 titles and 87,000 volumes
"Wherever they burn books, they will also, in the end, burn people.”
Transcript of "Digitized Public Domain Literature"
Digitized public domain books<br />Chris Freeland<br />Technical Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library<br />Director, Center for Biodiversity Informatics,<br />Missouri Botanical Garden<br />
Vieillot. La galerie des oiseaux. 1834.<br />http://biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/48613<br />
“I arrived back at work from holidays today to be greeted by Michael, an [sic] colleague researching wasps. He was excited that he had discovered in the Biodiversity Heritage Library a copy of an obscure 1860s book: <br />Saussure, H. de & Sichel, J. (1864). Catalogue des espèces de l'ancien genre Scolia, contenant les diagnoses, les descriptions et la synonymie des espèces, avec des remarquesexplicativeser critiques. Genève & Paris : Henri Georg & V. Masson et Fils pp. 1–350<br />This book was not in our library, probably not in Australia, and almost impossible to get hold of without travelling to the northern hemisphere. Thanks to the BHL for their work in providing access to works of importance. Michael is now able to use detailed content of this book in his work.”<br />-John Tann, Australian Museum<br />http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/9323<br />