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.
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
205.414.3920 | phone
205.414.3922 | fax
Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf
February 21 - 6 p.m.
February 23 - 2 p.m.
This gorgeous, meditative documentary immerses viewers in Piet Oudolf's work, taking us inside his creative process. From his aesthetic theories to his strikingly abstract sketches to the ecological implications of his ideas, the film poetically reveals how Oudolf upends conventional notions of nature, public space, and, ultimately, beauty itself.
This screening is free to the public.
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
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.