Library

Library

Staff

Laura Northern Venhaus

Director of the Libraries and Research Public Engagement

Alyssa B. Young

Research Coordinator and Special Collections Librarian

The BRIT Library supports botanical research and education in Texas and around the world. Our collection has been carefully curated and is a valuable research tool for those studying systematic botany, horticulture, natural history and ethnobotany. The BRIT Library houses one of the largest and finest collections of botanical works in the southwestern United States. 

Our collection is non-circulating but we are open to the public for use as a reference library Tuesday - Friday, 10am to 4pm. To ensure that someone is available to assist you, please make an appointment before stopping by.

Recent Articles

The Legacy of Alexander von Humboldt

How much do you know about Alexander von Humboldt, one of the most influential naturalists in history? More species and plants are named after him than after any other human being, but in the last 150 years he's been nearly forgotten. Let's change that.
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The Unusual Binding of “Flora Sibirica”

As you look through the shelves in our rare book room, you see rows and rows of beautifully-bound books. They have bindings of leather and vellum, ornate embossed and gilded decorations on the covers and spines. Two volumes stand out: Flora Sibirca.
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Alexander von Humboldt and the Scientific Discovery of America

The work of one of the most important scientific explorers you've never heard of.
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Curtis’s Botanical Magazine

One of the treasures of BRIT’s rare book collection is Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, a premier journal for early botanical illustrations and descriptions. The journal has featured over 10,000 color illustrations in its 230 years of publication. Originally titled The Botanical Magazine, it is the longest running illustrated botanical periodical and is still being published today.
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