Information about the collections, how to access them and who to ask for support can be found on the dedicated Cory and Herbarium Libraries webpages on the Biological Sciences Libraries website.
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 Floras, 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.
Although the main library is only accessible by appointment only, a collection of gardening-themed reference books in the Garden Cafe, has been installed in memory of Cory Library volunteer Sylvia Norton. Also in the Cafe we have Matthew’s Library, where you will find a collection of children’s picture books based on the natural world. Additionally our Library Manager has written about the collection for the University of Cambridge Museums blog.