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Children's Books Now Circulating

One of the special treasures of the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is its collection of children's literature on plants and nature. Over 1,600 books are housed separately in a windowed alcove overlooking the Great Lawn. Low bookcases, a low table, colorful, comfortable cushions and toys make this a natural draw for children. Our Children's Collection covers a wide spectrum of topics including botany, horticulture, natural history, zoology, agriculture, forestry and physical sciences. Colored dots on the books guide children and their families to their appropriate reading levels – pre-readers, early readers and advanced readers.

San Francisco Botanical Garden - Story Time

Now, for the first time ever, our unique Children's Collection of plant- and garden-related books is available to take home to enjoy with your children, students and families. Children's books may be borrowed by San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (SFBGS) members and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) teachers for three weeks at a time, plus an additional one week renewal if needed.

We are thrilled to be able to offer this service, made possible by a capacity-building grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. These funds have enabled the Library to hire a part-time assistant librarian to collaborate with the Youth Education Program, assist teachers in selecting books to incorporate into classroom discussions, coordinate special story time readings for school groups and manage and develop the Library's Story Time program.

Become a Member

Borrowing privileges are available exclusively to SFBGS members and teachers of the SFUSD. Please be sure to have your valid membership card or proof of current SFUSD employment with you to check out books.

The Library is open, free to the public, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm every day except Tuesdays and major holidays. Please contact the Library for more details at (415) 661-1316 x 403 or


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