Welcome to the Garden Library!

The SLOBG Library houses over 800 books, plus issues of several magazines all relating to plants and gardens in mediterranean climates.

We have a unique, specialized collection.  Many of our books are not available in other libraries within the Ventura-Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo area, even within the Black-Gold System.

View the list of books available at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Library.

Garden members may use the library during regular office hours (call 805.541.1400 for seasonal hours for Eve’s Garden Shop, Library, offices, and the Oak Glen Pavilion, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day), and are encouraged to come on Tuesday mornings (10 AM to noon) when the library is staffed with a trained librarian. Books are not available to be checked out from the Library.

Our collection includes reference materials for garden staff and volunteer use, and materials of a more general nature.   There are books on the vegetation, flora and culture of the mediterranean (dry summer/cool & moist winters) climate zones of the world.  We also have a small section of children’s books.  Come in and use our special library!

For additional information about the library and our services, or if you wish to donate books, please contact us at