The library collection, located at NTBG’s research headquarters in Hawai`i, is a natural complement to the adjacent herbarium and living collections, extending the available sources of information to the collective knowledge of generations contained in books, as well as unpublished documents and illustrations. This is one of the most comprehensive library collections relating to botany and horticulture in the region.
Botanical knowledge has accumulated over many centuries. Hence, the collection includes botanical literature, early herbals, and floras dating back to the 1500s, many of which are rare volumes. More recently published books and papers, including those published by the NTBG, or other botanical institutions and individual authors, contain results of modern research discoveries related to tropical plants. In addition to original botanical art, there is a significant collection of slides and photographic prints with images of Hawaiian and Pacific island plants and people.
NTBG’s garden in Florida has a small botanical/horticultural library.
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