Library subject resources

There is just so much information out there!

If you haven't found what you are looking for yet, contact our library staff, try one of these free featured resources, or click the subject resource, to the right,  to learn more!


Biodiversity Heritage Library

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries working to make biodiversity heritage available to all through open access. Over 100,000 volumes have been digitized in an effor to ensure it is made available around the world. Search or browse their collections by title, author, date or collection. Ever wanted to read Pliny's Natural History, originally published in 77 AD? Click here to visit the BHL and read a version that was translated in 1601, published in the mid 19th century!


CARLI Digital Collections

The CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) Digital Collections make digitized items from rare and special library collections freely available. The collections include images, sound recordings, manuscripts, and print material. Click here to see all of the collections dedicated to Illinois regional history!


HathiTrust Digital Library

This digital library is also the product of a partnership of academic and research institutions working to make digital collections and books freely available world-wide. Browse or search through the collections to see manuscripts, rare books, images, and much more.


Directory of Open Access Journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals is all about what it sounds like - providing a way to find open access scientific and scholarly journals. DOAJ is searchable at the article and journal level, connecting researchers to freely available scholarship.


Plant Information Online

Wondering where to find a particular plant? This searchable database of plants and nurseries identifies sources for over 81,000 plants and access information for over 2,700 nurseries in North America. Also find links to more information on some plants including photographs, regional information, and literature citations on external websites. Search by individual nursery, or by scientific or common plant name.



The product of a partnership between The Morton Arboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Field Museum of Natural History, this virtual Chicagoland herbarium includes plant data from over 80,000 digitized speciments. Learn about fungal diversity in the region, plant diversity in wetlands, plant taxonomy and naming, or just browse through the collections and photographs. The vascular plants and fungi databases are searchable by scientific or common name, location, habitat, or collector.