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
PLEASE NOTE THESE HOURS OF OPERATION AS OF MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020:
As of June 8, 2020, the Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open for curbside service 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you would like to set up a time to pick up a book or other resource, please call 205.533.6062 or 205.588.4593.
About Curbside Pickup
- When you request a curbside pickup time, you will be given a 30-minute time window to pick up your items.
- You must come to the back (outside) door of the Library to pick up your items.
- Pre-order all items at least 24 hours prior to your pickup time so that we can pull and process your items properly.
- You can access the JCLC Encore Catalog system and order items by clicking here.
- If you need assistance in selecting materials to place on hold, please call the Library at 205.588.4593 or 205.533.6062.
- If you have more than $5 in fines, you will not be able to place items on hold. You can pay your fines by logging into your account here.
- You must have a valid JCLC library card to use this service. Digital library cards will not be accepted.
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
Honey for Sale
Utilize the Library at the Gardens' curbside service to purchase honey from
Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ hives, located just west of the Bruno Vegetable Garden.
Simply call 205.588.4593 or 205.533.6062 to place your order.
2020 Thyme to Read Book Club
A monthly gathering hosted at the Library at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Join us at 6 p.m., no registration required, to discuss the month's reading selection. For more information contact Hope Long, library director, at 205.414.3950 ext. 110 or [email protected]
The Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-sponsors this project.
Explore our 2020 Book List:
When: Tuesday, January 7
Title: Save Me the Plums
Author: Ruth Reichl
When: Tuesday, February 4
Title: Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country
Author: Pam Houston
When: Tuesday, March 3
Title: The Lost Art of Mixing
Author: Erica Bauermeister
When: Tuesday, April 7
Title: The Story of Alabama in Fourteen Foods
Author: Emily Blejwas
When: Tuesday, May 5
Title: Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
Author: Bianca Bosker
When: Tuesday, June 2
Title: The Peach Keeper
Author: Sarah Addison Allen
When: Tuesday, July 7
Title: The Genius of Birds
Author: Jennifer Ackerman
When: Tuesday, August 4
Title: The Monk of Mokha
Author: Dave Eggers
When: Tuesday, September 8
Title: The Last Chinese Chef
Author: Nicole Mones
When: Tuesday, October 6
Title: Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet
Author: Will Hunt
When: Tuesday, November 10
Title: French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew
Author: Peter Mayle
When: Tuesday, December 1
Title: Murder in the Secret Garden
Author: Ellery Adams
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 welcome suggestions and donations. You can also choose to memorialize or honor a relative, friend, or colleague and help grow the Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens at the same time. Be sure to note that your tribute gift is for the Library at the Gardens. Thank you for your support!