Biology Library Awarded Grant

Jul 6, 2010

The Biology Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a competitive 2009 collection enhancement grant from the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) in partnership with three other state libraries: Chicago State University Library, Columbia College Chicago Library, and Northern Illinois University - Founders Memorial Library.  The grant application theme was  “Impact of the Environment in Health & Wellness.”  The Biology Library at Illinois will use grant funds to support education and research in the subject area, "Medicinal Plants and Indigenous Medicinal Plant Knowledge: Implications for Human Health."

Indigenous peoples around the world have a wealth of knowledge built over the millennia about medicinal plant knowledge in their local ecosystems that is endangered by environmental and developmental pressures.  This knowledge is important to collect and archive for current and future biomedical research relating to antioxidant activity, bioactive properties, metabolic fate, and other aspects of phytochemicals on human health and wellness. 

Titles selected for the CARLI grant are about medicinal plants, ethnobotanic medicine, and related areas, and include botanical details and/or medicinal purpose as described by indigenous peoples or noted from research.  A majority of these books are from Africa, Central Asia, China, Eurasia, India, and South America in English and non-English languages. 

Selected titles have either no or very few circulating copies in the state of Illinois.  Several titles were listed in WorldCat at only a few institutions in the country or world.

Below is a list of the titles that have been purchased with grant funds.  Please contact Diane Schmidt, Head, Biology Library at for more information.

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