Library Collections

Our collection of more than 7,000 titles includes the following subjects:

  • Gardening, horticulture, botany, agriculture, landscaping and sustainable practices
  • Virginia native plants and world flora
  • Botanical art and illustration
  • Medical botany, nature-based therapies, ethnobotany and plant lore
  • Plant pests and diseases
  • Children’s books, games and puzzles

We invite all Garden visitors to explore the shelves, research within the Lora Robins Library and ask questions of Library staff and volunteers during open hours. Access our online catalog to search for materials by subject, title, author or keyword.

The Special Collections include rare books, botanical art, sculptures, photographs, herbaria and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Archives. Among these are 35,000 photographic slides of Virginia wildflowers, captured by local conservationist Newton Ancarrow. Some of these slides are digitally accessible via the Ancarrow Wildflower Digital Archive, a collaborative project of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries and VCU Rice Rivers Center. Special Collections items do not circulate; to view these materials in the library, please contact the librarian.

The librarian is available to provide research assistance and answer questions about the Library.

In person: Drop-in questions are welcome, but we recommend scheduling an appointment in order for us to best assist you with complex research questions.

By phone: 804-262-9887 x240

By email: [email protected]

Library hours: Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily