Library services 

Library Services 

Teacher's resources, circulating children's collection, online resource lists and more help you bring education about the natural world to life

Using the Library


The library welcomes all visitors.


• Access and use of the library’s computers, collections, and services is intended for persons engaged in horticultural and/or botanical study.


• The library is open to the public; you do not need to make an appointment. However, if you would like to conduct in-depth research it is suggested that you email the library before your visit so that we can help you find resources.


• For the courtesy of other library users and staff, quiet is generally expected. Visitors may engage in quiet conversation so long as other users are not disturbed.


• The children’s books and parent/teacher resources are the Library's only circulating collections and can be checked out by Garden members and pre-K-12 teachers at San Francisco schools. Visitors can use non-circulating materials in our reading room.


• No food or drink is allowed in the Library, with the exception of beverages in leak-proof containers.


• Large bags (including backpacks and briefcases) must be placed in the container in the reception area.


• Personal computer use is welcome; there is WiFi available for use in our reading room.


• If you would like to consult materials from our special collections, please make an appointment beforehand.


• Please do not reshelve materials, but leave them on the tables or book cart.

Have a gardening question? Ask a Master Gardener at San Francisco Botanical Garden!

The Botanical Garden is thrilled to launch a new collaboration with UC Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco. Master Gardeners are University of California trained and certified volunteers. The Helpline is a free public service available to assist home gardeners from San Mateo and San Francisco Counties with questions about home horticulture and pest management.

Stop by the Gardening Helpline office in the Library:

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 2p.m.

Call: 650-276-7430

Email: [email protected]