With thousands of volumes on all aspects of gardens and gardening, the Barbara A. Margolis Library informs and inspires gardeners, students, and casual browsers along with professional artists, designers, horticulturists, and writers.

Throughout the year the Library also hosts public programs that enlighten and delight including informal presentations by garden writers, lectures and panel discussions. Check the Events Calendar for upcoming programs.

Library Hours

Open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; Hort members enjoy borrowing privileges. For more information about the Library, contact 212-757-0915, x100 or library@thehort.org. Drop by and peruse to your heart’s content or become a member and check them out!


The General Collection provides a broad range of reading materials for gardeners, career changers and others curious about plants and gardens. Develop your greenthumb, expand your worldview, or sit back and dream yourself a garden.

The Botanical Illustration Collection, conveniently housed in the conference room for browsing, offers finely illustrated historical and contemporary works on wild and cultivated plants for artists, designers and anyone who delights in beautiful books.

The American Landscape History Collection supports research on the development of a uniquely American approach to garden and landscape design through exceptional texts and periodicals produced during a particularly creative period, 1890–1940.

History of American Horticulture Collection supports research on the many practical books and magazines available to gardeners from the 1850s to the 1950s.

The Archives
The Barbara A Marglis Library preserves and provides access to The Hort’s historical records that document its organizational activities, member events and public programs.