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The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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About The Library

The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is part of the Public Libraries in Jefferson County, making it the only public horticultural library in the United States. Simply present your blue or black library card to check out one of over 8,000 books, DVDs, audio books and magazines from our circulating collection. As a full-service public library, we can access all of the vast resources of the entire Public Library System in Jefferson County. Stop by today and dig into our collection - your knowledge is sure to grow!

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday | 9 - 4 p.m.
Saturday | 10 - 4 p.m.
Sunday | 2 - 5 p.m.

Please note: The Library can unexpectedly close on weekends. Please call ahead if you'd like to be certain it is open. 205.414.3920.

The Library Offers:

  • Large selection of new gardening books
  • Children's section. Click here for the Kid's Catalog!
  • Over 65 different circulating gardening and horticulture magazines
  • Archives and Rare Book Room
  • A large collection of DVDs
  • Free internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Magic School Bus DVDs
  • Eyewitness books and DVDs
  • Resource material for Hands-on Activities Science Program (HASP) modules on Living Things, Organisms, Plant Growth and Development, Butterflies, Ecosystems and Earthworms
  • Multiple copies of Peterson's First Guides: Forests, Trees, Urban Wildlife, Butterflies & Moths and Caterpillars
  • The entire Discovering Alabama series on DVD
  • Teacher Resource Area with lesson plan materials
  • Used books & magazines for sale
  • Friendly staff and volunteers to help with all your gardening questions

Contact Us
205.414.3920 | phone
205.414.3922 | fax

Got a gardening question? Email us

Thyme to Read Book Club

When: January 6, 6 p.m.

Title: The Artist the Cook and the Gardener

Author: Maryjo Koch




When: February 3, 6 p.m.

Title: Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History

Author: Bill Laws





When: March 3, 6 p.m.

Title: Delicious!

Author: Ruth Reichl





When: April 7, 6 p.m.

Title:My life as a Turkey DVD





When: May 12, 6 p.m.

Title: To See Every Bird on Earth:

A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession

Author: Dan Koeppel




When: June 2, 6 p.m.

Title: Shadows in the Vineyard:

The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine

Author: Maximillian Potter





When: July 7, 6 p.m.

Title: Seeds of Reprisal

Author: J. Somerville Park




When: August 4, 6 p.m.

Title: Old Herbaceous: A Novel of the Garden

Author: Reginald Arkell





When: September 1, 6 p.m.

Title: Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants

Author: Jane Goodall




When: October 6, 6 p.m.

Title: The Brother Gardeners:

A Generation of Gentlemen Naturalists and the Birth of an Obsession

Author: Andrea Wulf





When: November 3, 6 p.m.

Title: Chasing the Rose: An Adventure in the Venetian Countryside

Author: Andrea Di Robilant





When: December 8, 6 p.m.

Title: Down The Garden Path

Author: Beverley Nichols





Contact Hope Long, director of library services, at 205.414.3931 or to learn more about the book club.




Honors & Memorials

Don't see a book in the library that you think we should have? We accept suggestions and donations. You can also choose to memorialize or honor a relative, friend, or professional colleague and help grow The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens at the same time.