The Library at the 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 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Join us in September as We Reach for the Moon!
Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Homewood Public Library present
Apollo Moon Trees and Moon Rocks Program
Friday, September 27
Noon–1 p.m. | Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Free and open to the public
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 2019, the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is excited to partner with Homewood Public Library to host this special program about Alabama’s Moon Trees and NASA Moon Rocks! Jason Kirby, Library Assistant and Archivist for the Library at the Gardens, will share fun facts about the 1971 Apollo 14 NASA mission that explored the effects of weightlessness on seeds, and the trees—including the Gardens’ own Moon sycamore— that grew from them. Judith Wright, Teen Librarian at Homewood Public Library, will show off Moon Rocks on loan through the [email protected] My Library project. Mark your calendar to blast off and explore these fascinating artifacts—as well as Apollo 14 memorabilia in our collection—with us!
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
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
205.414.3920 | phone
205.414.3922 | fax
When: Tuesday, January 8
Title: The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
Author: Christopher Skaife
When: Tuesday, February 5
Title: The Overstory
Author: Richard Powers
When: Tuesday, March 5
Title: The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder
Author: Richard Louv
When: Tuesday, April 2
Title: A Taste for Vengeance
Author: Martin Walker
When: Tuesday, May 7
Title: Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World
Author: Aja Raden
When: Tuesday, June 4
Title: Letters of a Woman Homesteader
Author: Elinore Pruitt Stewart
When: Tuesday, July 2
Title: The School of Essential Ingredients
Author: Erica Bauermeister
When: Tuesday, August 6
Title: The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
Author: Daniel Stone
When: Tuesday, September 10
Title: Stir My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home
Author: Jessica Fechtor
When: Tuesday, October 8
Title: Pomegranate Soup
Author: Marsha Mehran
When: Tuesday, November 5
Title: Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
When: Tuesday, December 3
Title: Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
Author: Tim Marshall
Contact Hope Long, director of library services, at 205.414.3931 or [email protected] to learn more about the book club.
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.