San Francisco Botanical GardenAbout San Francisco Botanical Garden

Children's Circulating Collection

Library's first circulating customer

The Library houses more than 2,000 children's books related to botanical and horticultural topics, including natural history, zoology, agriculture, forestry, and physical science. This collection is the Library's only circulating collection and can be checked out by current San Francisco Botanical Garden Society members and current San Francisco teachers after successfully applying for a library card.


How to Apply for a Library Card

All applications for a library card must be made in person at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. Circulation privileges are available to current San Francisco Botanical Garden Society members (SFBGS), current San Francisco Pre-K to 12 teachers. Find out more about becoming a SFBGS member.

In order to initially obtain borrowing privileges:

  • SFBGS members must show proof of current membership, a photo ID, and complete a library card application.
  • SF teachers must show proof of current employment as a Pre-K to 12 teacher at a San Francisco school (e.g. placement letter), a photo ID, and complete a library card application.

Circulation Details

  • Patrons must present their current SFBGS membership card or current HCR Library card to check out books
  • Library cards allow patrons to check out the Children's Collection and Teachers' Resource Collection ONLY; no other part of the Library's collection circulates
  • Circulation time: 3 weeks
  • Maximum number of books checked out at one time: 10 books
  • Returns: All books must be returned during Library hours, 10am–4pm every day (except Tuesdays); The Library does not have an after-hours books drop; Books are due by 4pm on the date stamped on the due date slip
  • Renewals: One renewal in person that extends the due date for an additional week
  • Overdue items: Overdue notices will be sent when an item is overdue
  • Fines: The Library does not charge fines.
  • Lost or damaged items: Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out on their card. If an item is lost or damaged the Library reserves the right to charge for the cost of repair or replacement, and a replacement fee.
  • If you have any questions about the above policies please contact a Helen Crocker Russell librarian: (415) 661-1316 ext.403 or

Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

Member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries
An international organization whose purpose is to initiate and improve communications among persons and institutions concerned with the development, maintenance and use of libraries of botanical and horticultural literature.
SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

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