Library & Special Collections

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 Monday – Friday, 10am to 4pm. To ensure that someone is available to assist you with a specific request, please make an appointment before stopping by, though walk-ins are also welcome!

About the Library

About the Library

Taxonomic journals, rare books, historical archives, and much much more. Search the Library's catalog.
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The Arader Natural History Collection of Art

The Arader Natural History Collection of Art

Online gallery of The Arader Natural History Collection of...
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History of the Library

History of the Library

The establishment of a significant botanical library collection.
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Library Archives Collection

Library Archives Collection

This Collection contains works from many esteemed professionals in the field of Botany from around the world.
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Collections Lens

Collections Lens

The Collections Lens series highlights collection managers from around the world.
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Discovery Resources

Discovery Resources

Online Resources for Everyone.
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Library Exhibitions

Library Exhibitions

BRIT has exhibitions in the Library and the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery
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The Stansbery Collection for Botanical Art

The Stansbery Collection for Botanical Art

A lovely new addition to the Library's collection
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The Oliver G. Burk Children’s Collection

The Oliver G. Burk Children’s Collection

The Oliver G. Burk Children's collection is a treasure of...
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Library Inventory

Library Inventory

The BRIT library contains approximately 100,000 volumes of scientific publications from more than 90 countries.
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Archive Lens

Archive Lens

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Botany Stories

Botany Stories

Unheard collecting stories from botanists at BRIT and beyond.
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Participate

Participate

Help the BRIT library - support the acquisition of new material or give the gift of your time.
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Research Projects

Library Exhibitions

BRIT Library has ongoing exhibitions on view in the Upper Atrium Collections Gallery and the Library, which highlight the Library's Arader Natural History Collection of Art and rare materials from the Library's Special Collections and Rare Book Room. The Library also oversees installations on current BRIT Research Programs in the Upper Atrium Research Gallery.

Recent Articles

Pondering Poaceae Across Texas

Dan Caudle discusses his interest in grasses and grasslands, giving particular attention to his work with Meredith Ellis, a young rancher and committed conservationist in Cooke County, Texas.

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Barney L. Lipscomb

Director of BRIT Press and Library, Leonhardt Chair of Texas Botany

Ana Niño

BRIT Librarian