The Library of IBCAS (Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences) was founded in 1928. Through industrious endeavors by several generations of librarians and many scientific research people, now it becomes one of the biggest specific libraries on plant science in China. The collection consists of botany, plant taxonomy, plant ecology, paleobotany, plant physiology, plant cell biology, plant molecule biology and so on.
The Library has broad international relationships with more than 30 foreign libraries, schools and research institutes that are keeping steady interchanges of materials. It promotes the communion and cooperation with other countries effectively.
The collection held by the library amounts to 300,000 volumes/items. Among them, thousands are rare books. The library holds about 2,700 kinds of periodicals.
Much modern equipment was installed to provide improved modern services and makes it a digital library. Users can search online business databases and self-building databases through a gateway.