Useful Links

This page provides links to botanical and horticultural resources and organisations that may be useful.  The inclusion of a link to a resource on this page does not indicate that the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh endorses that resource.

This page is reviewed regularly but if you do find any broken links, please contact us.

Libraries & Union Catalogues


  • COPAC - one-stop search for more than 70 academic, national and specialist libraries in the UK and Ireland
  • SUNCAT - UK union catalogue of serials (journals)


Digital Libraries

  • AnimalBase - open access to digital versions of copyright-free historic zoological works and a database of verified names of zoological taxa; includes a digital version of the first natural history book published in Scotland, Scotia Illustrata (1684) by Sir Robert Sibbald, joint founder of the physic garden that became RBGE 
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) - consortium of US and UK natural history libraries, which provides secure, permanent open access to digital literature from partner libraries collections
  • BHL-Europe - open access content from a consortium of partners in Europe and the USA, including RBGE, providing multilingual interfaces to historic biodiversity literature, as part of the global family of BHL portals
  • Botanicus - a freely accessible portal to historic botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library
  • Botanische Zeitschriften - a freely available collection of full-text searchable German botanical journals,published in the period from 1753 to 1914
  • Digital Library, Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid - Launched in 2005, now (2012) digital versions of 6,136 titles are accessible
  • Europeana - digital cultural heritage collections from libraries, archives and museums across Europe
  • GALLICA  - mainly, but not exclusively, French language content from 41 partners
  • HATHI Trust Digital Library - more than 10 million titles from 60 partner institutions; mixed full-text access and limited search access to in-copyright material; content can be downloaded but re-use in other applications is not permitted.
  • Internet Archive - text archive of more than 3.3 million items
  • Perkins Agricultural Library - 2,000 books and 40 periodicals covering all aspects of agriculture, ranging in date from the 17th century to the late 19th century. More than 200 items from the collection have now been digitised and are freely available via the Biodiversity Heritage Library and Internet Archive

Databases & Other Resources

  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
  • Botany Professor - Essays, botanical travelogues, and other resources   provided for students, instructors and anyone else seeking a deeper understanding of the nature of plants.
  • BPH Online - a fully indexed and searchable database of botanical periodicals published between 1665 and the present as indexed in Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum (BPH), its supplement and BPH-2
  • Edinburgh Plant Science - A new network of more than 600 Edinburgh scientists that collectively provide wide-ranging expertise and capability in food security, environmental sustainability and related policy
  • electronic Plant Information Centre (ePIC) - this site from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew brings together bring together all of digitised information about plants
  • Find a Plant - this resource from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) combines the Plant Finder and Plant Selector systems to create a single search tool containing more than 250,000 plant records
  • Garden & Designed Landscapes Inventory - managed by Historic Environment Scotland, the Inventory is a list of sites that meet the criteria for defining national importance
  • Global Registry of Biorepositories (GRBio) - launched in October 2013, this online-registry is a source for authoritative information about collections as well as validated, standardized data such as addresses, contacts, and values for the Darwin Core identifiers for institutions (InstitutionID) and collections (CollectionID)
  • Index Herbariorum - information on permanent herbaria including their physical location, Web address, contents (e.g., number and type of specimens), history, and names, contact information and areas of expertise of associated staff
  • Index Nominum Genericorum (ING) - a compilation of generic names published for organisms covered  by the ICN: International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi, and Plants
  • International Plant Names Index (IPNI) - a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and lycophytes
  • JournalTOCs - a useful free current awareness tool with tables of contents from more than 23,000 journals 
  • The Plant List - a working list of all known plant species (N.B. the database is known to contain some inaccuracies and so should be used in association with other sources)
  • Seed Lists - guide to the plant species descriptions published in seed lists from Botanic Gardens for the period 1800 - 1900
  • Taxonomic Literature II (TL-2) - the online version of a 15 volume guide to the literature of systematic botany published between 1753 and 1940, organized by author and including numbered entries for the author's publications

Botanical Illustrations

  • Digital versions of 473 nature-prints from the work Nature's Selfprinting. A Series of Useful and Ornamental Plants of the South Indian Flora by Jakob Hunziker have been made freely available on the Basel Mission Archives website
  • Database of Scientific Illustrators 1450-1950 - a searchable database with information on more than 8,500 illustrators working in a range of fields including natural history, science and medicine
  • Floratheca - botanical illustrations from the collection at the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden

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