(IMPORTANT NOTE: Not every illustration in BHL is in Flickr. See below for information on finding illustrations within BHL that may not be in Flickr.)
Most images in the Biodiversity Heritage Library flickr collection are in the Public Domain, and can be downloaded, shared, re-used, or transformed.
Proper attribution is a critical component of ethical re-use, even if a work is no longer protected by copyright.
In addition to citing the work, attribution to the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the library that supplied the digitized item makes it possible for other researchers to find BHL resources, and helps BHL to understand and demonstrate the impact of its digital collections.
To attribute use of an image from the BHL, please use the following format:
“Image from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Contributed by [Holding Institution]. | www.biodiversitylibrary.org”
Not all illustrations and other images in BHL are in Flickr. You can search for images in the BHL search interface by adding keywords to represent images (e.g., illustration, plate, tafel) to keywords representing the subject of the images you're seeking. Example image searches in BHL are shown below, along with instructions for downloading a high quality image of a BHL page.
To limit your search in flickr to the Biodiversity Heritage Library photostream, click the magnifying glass on the lower menu bar:
then add search terms in the upper search bar after the "Biodiversity...|Photos" tag and hit enter.
Tags are generated automatically from BHL catalog records as images are uploaded to flickr; these include subject headings from the catalog record, and the institution that contributed the item. Additional image-specific tags may be added manually by BHL staff and volunteers, including taxonomy (e.g., binomials, common names, higher taxa), illustrators (who may not be named in catalog records), and topical keywords (e.g., extinct, endangered).
Clicking a tag on a BHL image will retrieve other images with that tag. BHL images will be highlighted at the top of the results set.