Established in 1950



The Bromeliad Society International has worked for years to develop literature resources for use by its Editors and the greater bromeliad community. It was largely built up by former editor Tom Lineham and then passed to Chet Blackburn who made significant contributions to it. Mr. Blackburn then shipped it from Auburn, California to Sarasota, Florida to Bruce Holst in 1993. Since then, it has been housed at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and overseen by Bruce Holst and Terrie Bert.


The library is open to BSI members and the scientific community by appointment for in-house consultation. While loans are not allowed, a high-speed scanner is available for non-copyrighted items. In addition, the Mulford B. Foster Bromeliad Research Center at Selby Gardens maintains species-level folders with information including original descriptions, photographs, and taxonomic data, that were compiled by Harry E. Luther during his 32 years of employment at Selby Gardens and his assistant Edna Sieff. For access, please contact Bruce Holst, at


Donations of literature to the Library are welcome. We are currently seeking issues of the Brazilian journal “Bromélia” after volume 4, issue 3, 1997, and any newly published, or, historic bromeliad works or antique botanical prints.

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