Collections and Services


The Eleanor Squire Library has nearly 17,000 volumes and is one of the largest circulating gardening libraries in the country. Its resources encompass all aspects of gardening, horticulture, and botany. Although the scope is broad and international, our focus as reflected in our mission statement is on general gardening, local resources, sustainability, and core plant subjects.The library has special book collections of children’s, teacher resources, new books, prominent gardeners and horticulturists, reference, and Madagascar – Costa Rica as well as videos, periodicals, and slides. The library also maintains the Cleveland Botanical Garden Archives.

The Archives collects and saves all records and artifacts pertaining to the Garden having permanent organizational, historical, or scientific value. The Archives also is a repository for local horticultural organizations and specific individuals whose work or purpose reflect the Garden’s overall mission. Information is organized and indexed into a word searchable database. Although not open to the public, any item can be made available by appointment.



Past issues of the Garden’s Bulletin are located by a word searchable database. Print copies are available, and original issues are also available for research.

Interlibrary Loan

Books can be obtained outside of our library collection using Ohiolink and OCLC lending vendors. A shipping fee may be required.

Internet Access

Freewifi is available.

Lectures and Speakers

Lectures on Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Eleanor Squire Library and prominent horticulturists and gardeners can be arranged for garden clubs and groups.

Local Horticultural Library Collections

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History 
Harold T. Clark Library 
1 Wade Oval Drive 
University Circle 
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Dittrick Medical Center of Case Western Reserve University
Allen Memorial Library 
11000 Euclid Ave. 
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1714

The Herb Society of America 
9019 Kirtland Chardon Rd
Kirtland, Ohio 44094

The Holden Arboretum 
Warren H. Corning Library 
9500 Sperry Road 
Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Seed Catalogs

The library provides an extensive collection of current nursery catalogs and gardening equipment. Catalogs do not circulate.

Speaker’s File

A directory is maintained with updated information on presenters, garden topics, and their fees.