RHS Lindley Library reveals exciting digitisation project

Explore our collections, spanning over 500 years of gardening history and science. Digitised and free to search online for the first time

Over the past few years, the RHS Libraries team has been working hard to document and digitise our unique collections so we can share them online. We are now excited to announce that, thanks to funding from the Heritage Fund, we are launching the new RHS Digital Collections website. Precious and fragile items that could previously only be seen by researchers by appointment can now be shared online.

Bringing collections to life

For the first time, rare gardening books, beautiful botanical art, photographs, and the Society’s own archives can be viewed for free. All the images on the site are available to download and be used for non-commercial purposes, such as private study, academic research, and personal use.

Exquisite details

You can choose to either view our treasures and highlights, as selected by our experts, or browse through all available digital collections. Our image viewers let you zoom in and move around the digital images, so you can appreciate their exquisite details.

Digitisation highlights

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You can keep abreast of our ongoing digitisation work by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

We will continue to add new collections throughout 2023 and 2024. If you would like to be kept up to date about new additions to the website, please subscribe to our library newsletter.

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