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Visit the Library

The library supports research at the Gardens as well as community interests.

Visitors are encouraged to peruse the shelves, research within the Helen Fowler Library and ask questions of library staff and volunteers during open hours. Access our online catalog to search for materials for subject, title, author or keyword.

  • The Helen Fowler Library is temporarily closed to the public. 
  • Contact us by phone at 720-865-3570 or email library@botanicgardens.org.

Check Out Books

One of the benefits of Gardens membership is the opportunity to check out materials from the library. Once we re-open, members will be able to check out most materials for up to three weeks. Your membership card is your library card. Members may also place holds via the online catalog for up to five items at a time.

eBooks are available! Make sure you’re signed up:

  • Have your Denver Botanic Gardens member ID ready
  • Call the library at 720-865-3570 or send us an email
  • Let us know your name and member ID
  • Account activation may take up to two weeks

Periodicals and LEaRN collections are for use in the library only.

Due dates for Inter-Library Loan (ILL) are set by the lending institution. Renewals may or may not be possible. Please contact the library in advance of your ILL due date if you wish to request a renewal.

Gardening Help

Gardening Help is available via email. See the library research page for more details.

Collections Access

Access to the library’s collection is restricted while the library remains closed. More details about the library’s collections can be found on the library collections page.


The library accepts donations to augment our collections.

If you are looking to donate items to the library, please call or email to set up an appointment. Materials must be in good condition and fit our collection scope.

General book donations may be included in the used book sale, added to the collection or disposed of based on the needs of the library.

Donations of historical or other value are evaluated on a case by case basis. Contact us to speak with the head librarian for more information.

Library Use & Etiquette

For the safety and enjoyment of all guests:

  • Please be considerate of others.
  • Do not leave children unattended.
  • Respect the collections.
  • Food and covered beverages are allowed in the library as long as you are mindful of placement. If spillage or damages occur, alert the librarians immediately in order to preserve the integrity of the space and the collections.
  • When you are done browsing, place your items in the carts, on top of the shelving or in the collection baskets located within the stacks and reading areas.
  • The children’s library is reserved for use by children and their families.
  • Sleeping is not permitted in the library.
  • Do not enter the staff areas.

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