The Cory Library is home to the Garden's printed collections. It houses around 7000 books and over 50 periodical titles (historic and current).
What's in the library?
The library supports the work of the Garden's staff and is therefore particularly strong in works on practical horticulture, with a wide range of horticultural reference works and monographs on horticulturally important plants and plant families. There is a large collection of flora (which treat plants by geographical area), along with many botanical and taxonomic works, and sections on related topics ranging from botanical illustration to landscape design.
The collection includes some early botanical and horticultural works and is therefore an important research resource for the history of horticulture, gardening and related disciplines as well as the history of the book.
From time to time the Library Manager writes about the collection for the University of Cambridge Museums blog. Follow the links below left (under useful links) to read her posts!
Who can use the library?
The library is open to staff of the Garden, who may use the library at any time during the building's open hours, and to visitors by appointment only. Please contact the Library Manager to discuss your research needs and to arrange an appointment.