European Botanical Librarians in Oxford

10 April 2008

EBHL_Oxford_2008The 15th annual meeting of the European Botanical and Horticultural Librarians Group (EBHL) was held at Merton College between 2 and 5 April - the first time the group, which meets in a different European country each year, visited Oxford. The overall theme of the conference was ‘Evolving services – extending access’. Some 53 participants from 15 countries attended, including some ‘foreigners’ from Australia and USA, which sparked a discussion on the creation of an ‘international’ chapter, to be taken forward over the next year. The group visited the gardens and library at Merton, the Oxford Botanic Garden, the library and herbaria in Plant Sciences, the Bodleian and Radcliffe Scince Library, and on Saturday had a private tour of the gardens at Blenheim Palace.

Roger Mills, Acting Keeper of Scientific Books, OULS and the current President of the Group, said: ‘It was a great pleasure to welcome EBHL to Oxford this year. The Oxford Botanic Garden and its associated herbaria, library and archival collections are used by botanists from all over the world, and this was a great opportunity for librarians from many of their institutions to see the collections first hand and discuss common problems – and solutions!’

The European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Group (EBHL) is an association to promote and facilitate co-operation and communication between those working in botanical and horticultural libraries, archives and related institutions in Europe.

Further details of EBHL can be found at
Further details of Oxford’s taxonomic collections can be found at

Botanical titles published by the Bodleian Library: The Magnificent Flora Graeca: How the Mediterranean Came to the English Garden by Stephen Harris. It can be purchased online at


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