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Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized research collection devoted to the study of woody plants. The collections contain more than 40,000 volumes, 30,000 photographs and an archive that documents the Arboretum's history and is a repository for other 19th, 20th and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.

 
 
 
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

 
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Library Hours
 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Contact by Phone
(617) 522-1086
FAX :
(617) 524-1418
Contact by Email / Web
hortlib@arnarb.harvard.edu
Website
 
Official Website
Baloon
125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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ABOUT

 

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized research collection devoted to the study of woody plants. In addition to horticulture, major collections held by the Arnold Arboretum Library in Jamaica Plain (JP) include North Temperate zone floras, dendrology, plant taxonomy, forestry, landscape design, garden history, cultural landscape studies, and plant pathology. The collections contain more than 40,000 volumes, 30,000 photographs, and an archive that documents the Arboretum's history and is a repository for other 19th, 20th, and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized research collection devoted to the study of woody plants. In addition to horticulture, major collections held by the Arnold Arboretum Library in Jamaica Plain (JP) include North Temperate zone floras, dendrology, plant taxonomy, forestry, landscape design, garden history, cultural landscape studies, and plant pathology. The collections contain more than 40,000 volumes, 30,000 photographs, and an archive that documents the Arboretum's history and is a repository for other 19th, 20th, and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library is a specialized research collection devoted to the study of woody plants. In addition to horticulture, major collections held by the Arnold Arboretum Library in Jamaica Plain (JP) include North Temperate zone floras, dendrology, plant taxonomy, forestry, landscape design, garden history, cultural landscape studies, and plant pathology. The collections contain more than 40,000 volumes, 30,000 photographs, and an archive that documents the Arboretum's history and is a repository for other 19th, 20th, and 21st century horticultural and botanical collections.

 

Collections

 

Archives

The Arboretum’s repository of personal papers and institutional records. It includes a correspondence database for letters written or received by staff members dating from the 1880s to 1940.

Images

Begun in the 1880s as an adjunct to the Arboretum’s living, library, and herbarium collections, today the Arboretum’s visual resources include over 50,000 items. Digital images, black-and-white and color prints, 35mm slides and their predecessor lantern slides, trace the evolution and management of the Arboretum’s landscape, record individual taxa in the living collections, and capture these same plants growing in their native habitats.

Arboretum Publications

The Arnold Arboretum and partner institutions cooperate to digitize and make accessible their collected legacy literature of biodiversity and make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.”

 
 

LIBRARY SERVICES

 
 
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Access
  • All library users must provide student I.D. or other identification. All visitors are required to fill out a visitor form out each time the library is used. No outerwear or bags are allowed; coats and bags must be checked in lockers.The library is located in the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway and is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am–3:45pm. The library is closed on weekends and holidays. When the Visitor Center is open, please see Visitor Center staff for library access. When the Visitor Center is closed, please call the library at (617) 522-1086 with the public phone provided in the Hunnewell Building lobby.

  • Circulation
  • Portions of the collection circulate to Harvard faculty, staff and students.

 
 

ACCESSIBILITY

 
  • The Hunnewell Building Visitor Center at 125 Arborway is wheelchair-accessible, including the bathrooms on the ground floor.