The SLOBG Library houses nearly 1000 volumes as well as issues of several journals relating to plants and gardens in mediterranean climates.

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“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

We have a unique, specialized collection.  Many of our books are not available in other libraries within the Ventura-Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo area, even within the multi-county Black Gold Cooperative Library system.

Garden members may use the library during regular office hours (call 805.541.1400 for seasonal hours) and are encourage to visit Tuesday mornings (10 AM to noon) when the library is staffed by library volunteers.

Our collection is non-circulating and includes reference materials for garden staff and volunteer use, and materials of a more general nature.  There are books on the vegetation, flora and culture of the mediterranean climate zones(dry summer/cool & moist winters) of the world.  We also have a small section of children’s books. Come in and use our special library!

See which books we have available

For additional information about the library and our services, or if you wish to donate books, please contact us at