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The Archive

This is an ongoing project to digitise botanical publications and make them available freely to everyone.

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If there is a paper that you would like us to scan, please email us.


Literature searches

On the BSBI Database you can search for botanical literature by genus. It is fairly comprehensive for publications on British & Irish plants in the second half of the 20th century.

Douglas Simpson’s comprehensive listing of sources of botanical information relating to the British Isles is now a scarce and valuable tome. It was scanned and digitized by Tim Rich and is made available here as a download. Abbrevations have been expanded to make it more readable.

Simpson, N.D. 1960 A Bibliographical Index of the British Flora. Privately printed, Bournemouth. Digitized and expanded by  T.C.G. Rich, 2004.

>> Simpson’s Index

Other Publications

While we at the BSBI put our own publications online, plenty of other people are also making publications available for free over the internet. Here are some places you can try:

>> Google Books. Thousands of botanical books available.

>> Internet Archive. Follow the link to texts.

>> Biodiversity Heritage Library

>> Botanicus Digital Library

>> Digital Library of the Real Jardin Botanico

>> Tela Botanica

>> Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Biologie