The Library at The Gardens

The Library at The Gardens

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 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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

2016 Thyme to Read Book Club

When: January 5
Title: Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books
Author:Cara Nicoletti


When: February 2
Title: A Walk in the Woods
Author: Bill Bryson


When: March 1
Title: Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
Author: Michael Pollan

When: April 5
Title: Lost Antarctica
Author: James McClintock


When: May 10
Title: Mister Owita's Guide to Gardening
Author: Carol Wall



When: June 7
Title: Driving Over Lemons: An optimist in Andalucia
Author: Chris Stewart

When: July 12
Title: The Beekeepers Ball
Author: Susan Wiggs

When: August 2
Title: The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden
Author: Alain Baraton

When: September 13
Title: Food: A Love Story
Author: Jim Gaffigan

When: October 4
Title: My Southern Journey
Author: Rick Bragg

When: November 1
Title: My City Was Gone
Author: Dennis Love

When: December 6
Title: Monet’s Palate Cookbook
Author: Aileen Bordman


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.