Your Next Purchase Could Help Save Biodiversity and Support Research Worldwide

We live in the midst of a major extinction crisis and widespread climate change. Documenting Earth’s species and understanding the complexities of swiftly-changing ecosystems is more important than ever before. To do this, scientists need something that no single library can provide – access to the world’s collective knowledge about biodiversity.

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Fortunately, the Biodiversity Heritage Library is revolutionizing scientific research by providing free and open access to the collections of natural history and botanical libraries around the world. Since it was founded in 2006, BHL has become the largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature, allowing everyone, everywhere to freely access collections from across global and providing scientists with the information they need to study and save biodiversity. Learn more about how BHL helps save biodiversity and read testimonials from real users about BHL’s impact on global science.

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The existence of BHL depends on support from our users. As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we’ve launched a CafePress store with products featuring our #BHLat10 theme and images from our collection. We’re launching the store with a small selection of images from BHL, but we’ll be expanding this selection in the future as we continue to develop our store. 100% of the proceeds that BHL receives from the sale of these products will be used to digitize more books for BHL. Start shopping today and help give scientists around the world the resources they need to study and save biodiversity.

And if merchandise isn’t your thing, but you want to help support BHL’s future, consider making a tax-deductible gift to help us continue to support science and research around the world.

Follow #BHLat10 all this week (11-15 April 2016) to join our 10th anniversary celebrations.  The campaign celebrates BHL’s impact on the global science community, our history and growth, and our collections. Content is being published on our blog, TwitterFacebookFlickr, Pinterest, and BHL. Learn more:

We also have programming all week tying into our #BHLat10 themes. Learn more.

Finally, don’t forget to sign our birthday card and tell us what BHL means to you!

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Grace Costantino served as the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library from 2014 to 2021. In this capacity, she developed and managed BHL's communication strategy, oversaw social media initiatives, and engaged with the public to excite audiences about the wealth of biodiversity heritage available in BHL. Prior to her role as Outreach and Communication Manager, Grace served as the Digital Collections Librarian for Smithsonian Libraries and as the Program Manager for BHL.