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RHS Lindley Library

RHS Lindley Libraries: the nation’s gardening collections

RHS Lindley Library

Please note: The spring 2014 newsletter is now available.

The Libraries of the Royal Horticultural Society hold the world’s finest collection of printed material on gardens, gardening and their related subjects.

Our collections are essential for the study of garden history, garden design and practical gardening in all of its aspects.

We also have outstanding visual collections, ranging from original botanical drawings and historical photographs to postcards, glass lantern slides, floral Christmas cards and a wealth of other fascinating items.

The RHS Libraries are open to all, and are located in London and at RHS Gardens Wisley and Harlow Carr. We also have small reading rooms at RHS Gardens Hyde Hall and Rosemoor. Click here for the opening times of all of our branches.

Archive news from the Lindley Library

The Lindley Libraries are pleased to announce that descriptive catalogues of archives held by the RHS are being made available online for the first time, via the Archives Hub.

The first collection to be made available is the Papers of William Robinson, horticulturist and publisher, which include letters from Charles Darwin, John Ruskin, Joseph Hooker, Gertrude Jekyll and many other prominent individuals. This archive is located at Vincent Square.

If you would like to see the archive material described in the catalogue, please make an appointment. RHS archives are open to all.

Important news from Lindley Library London

RHS Lindley Library London has introduced an appointment system for access to the London research collections.

View dates when appointments may be booked.

Collection highlights

Collection highlights

View a selection of vintage postcards  - from beautiful parks to pleasure gardens.

Early evening talks

Early evening talks

Lindley Library, London has an inspiring new series of talks starting in September.

Exhibiting photography & art

Botanical artwork

Find out about exhibiting your botanical artwork or photography at RHS shows

Library services

Library services

The RHS Lindley Library at London and Wisley offers a range of services including a specialist enquiry service, lending, picture research and library tours.

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Contact us

Lindley Library London
Tel: 020 7821 3050
Open: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

Lindley Library Wisley
Tel: 01483 212428
Open: 11am-4pm (including bank holidays)

Lindley Library Harlow Carr
Tel: 01423 724686
Open: 11am-4pm (including bank holidays)

Garden Reading Rooms:
Hyde Hall: 0845 265 8071
Open: Variable hours
Rosemoor: 0845 265 8072
Open: Variable hours

Email us: Library Enquiry Service

Exclusive RHS Postcard Set

See our new exclusive boxed set of 32 high quality postcards featuring botanical artwork from the collections of the world-famous RHS Lindley Library.

Buy now - only £8.99 + P&P

Occasional Papers out now

October 2010 issue

Occasional Papers from the RHS Lindley Library, recording significant findings deriving from the collections, have now been published.