Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

About the Library 

Library hours

9.00-4.30 Mon-Fri

Public access

Wednesday, by appointment only

Library location

National Herbarium of NSW, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Loans policy

Loans to  Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust staff. OEH staff loans via OEH Library. External loans by ILL only.

Catalogue Library Catalogue
Useful links Library links - for all things botanical & horticultural


Established in 1852, the Library of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney is the second oldest scientific library in Australia. It is the premier botanical and horticultural library in Australia, with a world-class collection of botanic, taxonomic and horticultural literature. There are small branch libraries at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah and as well as a number of departmental working collections.

  • The Library supports the information needs of all staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. The Library provides research and reference services to the scientific, botanical, horticultural and educational staff and to resident post-graduate students of the Botanic Gardens. Friends of the Botanic Gardens, volunteers and visiting researchers also make use the collections. People from outside the organisation who require access to specialised botanical or horticultural literature, including scientists, students, historians, horticulturists, may have access by appointment, but are asked to exhaust other sources before approaching this library.
  • Subject coverage includes: systematic botany, Australian & world floras, ethnobotany, aboriginal ethnobotany, plant pathology, plant ecology, plant molecular biology, evolution, biogeography, propagation, soil science, environmental science, horticulture, landscape architecture, botanical history, garden history.
  • Formats include: books, journals, pamphlets, reprints & unpublished reports, manuscripts, rare books, indexed articles, theses, CDROMs, DVDs, videos, photographs, portraits, slides, artworks, botanical illustrations, maps & plans, posters, microfiche/film, realia, working documents, archives. See Collections.
  • The Library collects resources that specifically support the research and work programs of all branches of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. The collection complements the Herbarium, providing access to both published and unpublished materials necessary for botanical research. Materials acquired are at a level appropriate for research professionals and for qualified practitioners. We do not generally acquire undergraduate level materials or materials written for the home gardener.
  • In recent years Library Projects have been greatly assisted by teams of Library volunteers and occasionally by work-experience students. 
  • The Library is undergoing a gradual transformation. We are reorganising and digitising heritage collections, improving facilities and refurbishing the Library. There is a long way to go. There are many ways to help the Library's progress. See Support the Library for more details.
  • The Library has benefited enormously over the last few years through the donations of funds and resources. From a simple family photo of the Gardens or conservation work done on significant images or books, to the donation of the Highgrove Florilegium, a stunning collection of orchid books, a digital microfiche reader or a massive compactus. There are many ways the redevelopment of the Library can be assisted. How can you help? See Support the Library.


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