The Library

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The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Visiting the Library?

Walk through the Shop and you will find the Library at the rear of the Plant Sales area.

The Library is usually open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10.30am till 3.30pm, but also by appointment if these hours do not suit.  We also aim to be open during selected Plant Fairs or Sales.

If you wish to visit outside normal opening hours, please phone Reception 0121 454 1860 giving your name and a contact telephone number.  A Volunteer will phone you back to arrange a mutually convenient time for your visit.  Please give us at least 3 days notice – a week would be preferable.


The Library supports the Gardens’ staff and students but is also an oasis of information and ideas for keen gardeners.  A recent specialisation is alpine horticulture but resources also include sections on general gardening; garden design; techniques; pests and diseases; garden history; in-depth monographs on specific types of plants; floras of specific countries; a good reference section; a selection of journals.

Information iconPlease note: Library resources are for reference only, but photocopying services are available (subject to copyright restrictions). However, plans are afoot to lend to Members of the Gardens.

For further information please contact Patricia Turner, Librarian.

1. New books

2. Journals