This is the first report of large insert genomic DNA libraries constructed in a binary-BAC (BIBAC) vector. Genomic DNA libraries containing approximately 4.6 haploid nuclear genomic equivalents were constructed for Lycopersicon esculentum (cv. Mogeor) and Lycopersicon pennellii (LA716) in the BIBAC2 vector. The L. esculentum library has an average insert size of 125 kb and is comprised of 42 272 individual colonies stored as frozen cultures in a 384-well format (108 plates). The L. pennellii library has an average insert size of 90 kb and is comprised of 53 760 individual clones (140 384-well plates). In each of the libraries, it is estimated that 90% of the colonies contain genomic DNA inserts. The composition of the L. esculentum and L. pennellii libraries was determined by analyzing a series of randomly selected clones. The L. esculentum library was surveyed for clones containing chloroplast DNA (1.4%), mitochondrial DNA (0.012%) and repetitive DNA motifs. BIBAC clones that may contain a gene of interest can be identified from these libraries by colony hybridization with homologous or heterologous probes or by PCR pooling techniques. Once identified, BIBAC genomic DNA library clones are immediately suitable for Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated plant transformation.