Birmingham Botanical Gardens is open to all, every day of the week. Spring/summer hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (March 13–November 5). Please note that face coverings are optional inside City of Birmingham-owned buildings and venues, including the Garden Center and other indoor facilities at the Gardens, effective March 1, 2022. For more information and guidelines for visiting, please click here. We look forward to your visit!

Library Archives & Rare Book Room

Founded in 2008, the Archives and Rare Book Room is located in The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on the first floor of the Garden Center. The collection is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9-4 p.m. and on weekends by appointment-only. Click here to review the policies and guidelines for use and handling of rare and archival materials.

All patrons are required to fill out a general registration form prior to examining any archival or rare materials. The Archives and Rare Book Room consist of materials generated by Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the City of Birmingham, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, various plant groups, garden clubs and societies. The collection consists of scrapbooks, rare books, works progress administration (WPA) records, seed catalogs, garden manuals, manuscripts, Japanese tea ceremony items, plant fossils, Japanese woodblock prints, photographs, minute books, post cards, botanical prints, water color paintings, thesis papers, maps, personal herbarium (plant press book), and garden and botanical ephemera.

Click here to go to Alabama Mosaic where you can view some of the scrapbooks from our collection dating back to 1969.

Alabama Mosaic is a repository of digital materials on Alabama's history, culture, places, and people. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from Alabama's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories electronically accessible to Alabama residents and to students, researchers, and the general public in other states and countries.

Contact Us
Birmingham Botanical Gardens Archives and Rare Book Room
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
Phone: 205.414.3967
Fax: 205.414.3922

Jason Kirby
Library Assistant & Archivist
email Jason

Click here to download a list of archives in Alabama, including descriptions of those in the Birmingham area.

For general library questions, contact The Library at Birmingham Botanical Gardens at 205.414.3920 or [email protected]