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California Botanic Garden Library

The Claremont Colleges Library support studies in Botany with physical and digital collections including over 2200 rare herbals, historic scientific literature, and illustrated botanical books. You can explore The Claremont Colleges Library collection at

The Library provides support services for the staff and students of CalBG, members and volunteers of the organization, members of The Claremont Colleges and the general public. Founder Susanna Bixby Bryant’s plan for her botanic garden included a research-quality library. She built a considerable personal collection in her lifetime and that collection continues to be the foundation of the library today.

The library contains nearly 56,000 books and approximately 1,000 print and electronic journals related to the mission of CalBG. The collection also includes journal article reprints, maps, newspaper articles regarding RSABG/CalBG, nursery and seed catalogs. A list of the Library’s California Topographic maps is available here.

Visit the Gardens

Although the RSABG Library is currently closed for access, you may still visit the California Botanic Garden (name changed in Spring 2020). Members may walk up for access while non-members will need to register online for a ticket before arriving.


Additional Resources

STEM Librarian

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Kimberly Jackson

Research, Teaching, & User Services -
The Claremont Colleges Library
909 607-7168