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
Visit Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and browse our collection. We hope you'll pull up a chair and stay awhile!
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
Give a Cutting, Take a Cutting!
The Library at the Gardens has a new program that propagation enthusiasts are sure to dig! Simply bring us a cutting rooted in water or soil (well-established roots are a must!), then choose a cutting from our collection to take home. Lavender, pothos, Christmas cactus, jewel orchid, flame violet, Chinese evergreen, umbrella plant, rosemary, and peperomia are available!
Honey for Sale
Take advantage of the Library at the Gardens' curbside service to purchase locally sourced honey from Birmingham Botanical Gardens' hives or honey flavored in cinnamon, lemon, or jalapeño from Ivy Brook Apiary.
Cost: $10/bottle (Birmigham Botanical Gardens)
Cost: $7-12 (Ivy Brook Apiary)
Call 205.588.4593 or 205.533.6062 to schedule a pickup between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.
2022 Thyme to Read Book Club
A monthly gathering hosted by the Library at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
Join us in person at 6 p.m. on select Tuesdays to discuss the month's reading selection.
For more information, contact Library Director Hope Long at 205.588.4593 or [email protected]
Thyme To Read is co-sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Explore our upcoming 2022 book selections below.
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
The Forgotten Garden
By Kate Morton
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Unearthing The Secret Garden: The Plants and Places That Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett
By Marta McDowell
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
The Last Chinese Chef
By Nicole Mones
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
The Growing Season: How I Built a New Life—and Saved an American Farm
By Sarah Frey
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
The Everglades: River of Grass
By Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Animal, Vegetable, Junk: A History of Food, from Sustainable to Suicidal
By Mark Bittman
Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Murder in the Secret Garden
By Ellery Adams
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, a program of the nonprofit Friends of 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!