Linnaeus Link Project

Identify and search for Linnaean works world-wide.

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The Linnaeus Link Project is an international collaboration between libraries with significant holdings of Linnaean material.

It also acts as the official bibliography of the works and legacy of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), the founding father of modern biology.

A true “one-stop-shop”, it allows researchers to search for material across institutions world-wide, and conduct bibliographic research from their PC.

Linnaeus Link is funded, maintained and co-ordinated by the Linnean Society of London, a charity.

In order to keep this unique collaborative resource going and growing, we are grateful for any support users or project partners can give: Please click here to support the project

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in joining Linnaeus Link, please contact us.

Download a PDF version of the new leaflet: Linnaeus Link Leaflet 2012

Read an Article about Linnaeus Link in the UK's Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals magazine Update. (CILIP Update, August 2013, pp.34-36; with kind permission by CILIP)


Ehret painting

Since the inaugural meeting in 1999, many important institutions have committed to moving the project forward and the current list of partners is as follows:

The online union catalogue of Linnaean material held in institutions worldwide has played a key role in creating new links between institutions and enabling researchers to access important source and resource material.

In 2012, as part of our commitment to this internationally important catalogue and bibliography of Linnaean works, a new system was launched.

It was built by the Oxford-based company 67 Bricks. It is flexible to suit diverse international partners, more user-friendly, and provides extra features to support research.

The new system has much improved navigation, search- and display functions.

An outstanding feature is the new system's ability to cope with a wide range of international cataloguing systems and special characters, in line with the project's international foundations.

It is also a powerful tool for bibliographic research: Instead of amalgamating all individual partners' records for one title into one artificial, "ideal", record, the system uses a unique Tab display to unveil the full bibliographic information present in each individual record. This is especially relevant for copy-specific information and provenance research.

The Linnaean Bibliography of Basil Soulsby

Linnaeus Link continues the bibliographic work of Basil H Soulsby, and acts as the official bibliography of Linnaean works.

Bibliography of Basil Soulsby

Basil H Soulsby

A catalogue of the works of Linnaeus ... preserved in the libraries of the British Museum (Bloomsbury) and the British Museum (Natural History) (South Kensington), second edition, 1933

Please click here to access a fully searchable digital copy available on the Biodiversity Heritage Library!