Blaksley Library

The Garden's library, established in 1927, includes over 15,000 books and journals, representing an important resource for education and research. The Blaksley Library building, designed by local architect Lutah Maria Riggs and completed in 1942, provides beautiful mountain views in a courtyard setting.

Special collections include rare books, photos, manuscripts, and horticultural catalogs.

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The Blaksley Library collections represents important botanical and horticultural works on California flora and landscape history.

Blaksley Library Access

  • Library use is free to all and does not require an admission fee to the Garden
  • The library collections are non-circulating but may be used onsite
  • The library catalog is available on the SBBG campus. The Information Resource Steward is happy to to assist Library patrons working off site.
  • The library is open by appointment. Please contact the Information Resource Steward or telephone (805) 682-4726 x107

image of SBBGPhotos Garden logoFrom this SBBG website, you can access more than 40,000 images from the SBBG Blaksley Library archive



The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden conserves California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
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