The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a project for the digitization of literature on biodiversity. It was founded in 2005 and was initially formed by ten (since 2009, twelve) United States and British libraries.
After Gallica and AnimalBase, this is the third broad digitization project for biodiversity literature. In 2008 the importance of Gallica and AnimalBase was passed and the Biodiversity Heritage Library is by far the world's most important digitization project for biodiversity literature.
Composition of BHL
The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a collaboration of 12 natural history libraries. It is a cornerstone organization of the Encyclopedia of Life. The founding member libraries are: