Birmingham Botanical Gardens is currently closed.
Due to the current public health state of emergency, the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board voted March 16 to close the Gardens and Garden Center, with an unspecified date for reopening, in an effort to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens programs, events, and activities have been canceled or postponed through April 30. Please check back for updates. We extend our sincere hopes for the good health and well-being of the entire community.

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

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] 


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.

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.