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The Seed Exchange

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

  • 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


2019 Thyme to Read Book Club

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.


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.