BHL-Europe Website closed from 31 January 2018

Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe

The EU-funded project 'Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe' (BHL-Europe) was launched in May 2009. BHL-Europe continues to be an important regional network of institutions participating in global Biodiversity Heritage Library. However, the website developed as part of the project is no longer separately maintained and has been archived. The digital content contributed by BHL-Europe partners will be accessible via the single global BHL website.
Biodiversity Heritage Library

BHL-Europe content forms a sub-collection within BHL and is discoverable via a BHL-wide search or via a thematic collections search: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/browse/collection/bhle

The history of BHL-Europe

The Biodiversity heritage Library (BHL) is an open access digital library for biodiversity Literature. It is formed by a global consortium of natural history, botanical and university libraries. Beginning in 2007 BHL has grown from an initial consortium of 9 institutions to over 80 contributors world-wide.

BHL-Europe network was coordinated by the Museum füurkunde Berlin, Germany, and involved 26 European and 2 US institutions including important European natural history museums, botanical gardens, libraries, universities and biodiversity initiatives. The project was funded for 3 years through the European programme eContentplus from May 2009 until April 2012. The main focus of the project was to develop a best practice network, achieve interoperability of existing repositories and to implement technological solutions for search and retrieval and long-term sustainability of digitized objects. The aim of the project was to bring together existing digital collections of biodiversity literature from across Europe and to make that content accessible via single portal. The BHL-Europe portal formed a regional BHL portal and was also linked to the European Digital Library . EUROPEANA.

The BHL-Europe portal closed on 31 January 2018. The BHL Europe web site can no longer be maintained and is being archived. The digital content contributed by BHL-Europe participants between 2009 and 2012 will be ingested into the central BHL repository and the content accessible via the BHL website. The network of European libraries participating in BHL is still active.

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