The USGS Libraries Program has joined the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections. USGS Libraries have collections that can support research in biodiversity, specifically with literature from paleobotany and paleoclimatology as well as some surprising gems from early biological research both in the United States and across the world.
The first 6 books from the USGS Libraries have been added to the collections of the Biodiversity Heritage Library and you can see that list at: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/RecentRss/100/ALL/USGS
On of the first books contributed by the USGS was an 1845 book titled “American wild flowers in their native haunts.” The book contains lovely hand-colored images. Those images are now available on Flickr.
The USGS is looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the members of the Biodiversity Heritage Library to bring the valuable resources of the world’s scientific libraries to a broader group of users.