The Library at The Gardens

The Library at The Gardens

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

2017 Thyme to Read Book Club

When: January 10
Title: Lab Girl
Author:Hope Jahren


When: February 7
Title: The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
Author: Janisse Ray


When: March 7
Title: Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California
Author: Frances Dinkelspiel

When: April 4
Title: At the Edge of the Orchard
Author: Tracy Chevalier


When: May 2
Title: The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
Author: Peter Wohlleben



When: June 6
Title: Dear County Agent Guy: Calf Pulling, Husband Training and Other Curious DIspatches From a Midwestern Dairy Farmer
Author: CJerry Nelson

When: July 11
Title: A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of a French Farm
Author: Dave Goulson

When: August 1
Title: Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
Author: Michael Moss

When: September 5
Title: Thirsty Dragon: China's Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World's Best Wines
Author: Suzanne Mustacich

When: October 10
Title: The Excellent Lombards
Author: Jane Hamilton

When: November 7
Title: Empire of Cotton: A Global History
Author: Sven Beckert

When: December 5
Title: A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There
Author: Aldo Leopold


Contact Hope Long, director of library services, at 205.414.3931 or 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.