Whether you are looking for horticultural information or inspiration you will find it in our libraries. We have libraries and reading rooms open to everyone to use our book and journal collections. Just drop by and friendly staff and volunteers will help you find what you are looking for.
RHS members can borrow books from our libraries in:
Our library staff answer thousands of enquiries every year, from tracking down an ancestor involved in horticulture, to helping researchers explore the history of a specific garden or garden plant. To complement the RHS members expert Advisory Service, we can help members as well as non-members with gardening queries, using the published information in our libraries.
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Find out how you can access information using our: rare books, heritage periodical, archival, art and photographic collections to help you with your research projects.
See our selection of digital resources to help your research.
RHS Library archives
RHS 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. Archives are open to all.