The Historical Archive and Library are two research support units reporting to the office of the director of the Real Jardín Botánico. They comprise Spain's most important scientific library and archive of historical documentation on the subject of plant life. Its collections contain incunnabulae and historical materials of incalculable value from the 17th and 18th century, electronic resources and online databases, with access to the most recent publications in botany and horticulture.
Library and Archive
The library's holdings specialise in everything to do with botany. They comprise 34,000 books and 2,094 periodicals, ranging from classical botanical works through to more recent studies of taxonomy, floristics, and general and applied botany. (Go to: Library).
The Historical Archive contains the textual and graphical documents produced by the institution between the 18th century and the present day. It also keeps the botany-related documents produced by Spanish scientific expeditions in the 18th and 19th centuries. It comprises approximately 20,000 documents and over 10,000 botanical drawings (Go to: Historical Archive)
Online databases and Electronic resources