The Library

Botanical and Horticultural Books and Periodicals

The library of the National Botanic Gardens is located in Glasnevin.

It is an important and valuable collection of botanical and horticultural books and periodicals. Primarily the library serves the staff and horticultural students of the gardens, but since it is the only library in Ireland that specialises in botanical and horticultural works many college students, botanists, and plant enthusiasts come to avail of this unique collection.

The library houses a number of collections, including books, floras, periodicals, rare books, nursery catalogues, and archives.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday
09:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17.00

Access is by appointment only. If you wish to use the library please contact the library staff.

Contact Us

Email or, or phone + 353 8040330 or+ 353 8040332.

Useful downloads are available from the links below.

Collection Development Policy

Defines user group, describes the collection, and sets collection priorities.

Catalogue of Periodicals

There are over 1,500 titles in this collection.

Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes

This archive is on permanent loan to the library from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Browse an online catalogue of the archive at this link.