The Libraries

The Libraries


Sheffield Botanical Library
Location: Main level of GardenHouse off Cox Courtyard
Hours: Open by appointment only
Phone: 404.591.1546

Orchid Reference Library
Location: Fuqua Orchid Center
Hours: Tuesdays by appointment
Phone: 404.591.1725

The Librarian is happy to provide reference assistance in person at the Garden, via telephone or email.

Together, the Sheffield Botanical Library and Orchid Reference Library collections include more than 8,000 books and 125 journals.

The Library of Congress Classification Schedule is used in both libraries. The card catalog provides entry to information by author, title and subject. Creation of a digital catalog database is currently in progress. The collections are noncirculating.

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Sheffield Botanical Library

The Sheffield Botanical Library collection serves Garden staff, volunteers, members, professional horticulturists, researchers, students, gardeners and the public. The library provides information about botany and horticulture with special emphasis on Southeastern regional works. Books and journals on research, education and recreational levels are available. Nursery, seed catalogs and a vertical file of clippings from local sources are also maintained.

The children's corner includes an outstanding collection of fiction and nonfiction books and puppets. A special kid-sized bench invites young readers to spend time with books in the Library. Special selections from this area are featured in Garden Storybook times every month.

Orchid Reference Library

An important component of the Center for Conservation and Education is the Orchid Reference Library.

A collection of titles specific to the study of orchids and to native and global plant conservation is available to staff and researchers. Library information is used to identify orchids, verify nomenclature and access descriptions of native habitats for display purposes. This library also houses books featuring extensive information about the many other plants in the Conservatory including blooming tropicals, palms, bromeliads, conifers, and carnivourous plants.

Read the latest news on the Fuqua Orchid Center blog:

The Orchid Column

Books of the Month

Journeys Through Paradise: Pioneering Naturalists In The Southeast
by Gail Fishman

Chronicling the explorations and travels of 13 naturalists including John James Audubon and John Muir, the author combines the naturalists' descriptions of flora and fauna with biographical historical portraits.

QH26.F47 2000
The Umbrella
by Jan Brett

A children's story featuring Carlos, who explores the cloud forest from his perch in a giant fig tree. The artist's paintings illustrate the tropical setting.

JPZ7.B752 Umb
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