Welcome to the Tower Hill Library


a comfortable place to read, relax, and look up information before or after you visit the Garden!


All are welcome in the Tower Hill Library found on the lower level of the Stoddard Building and members may borrow books. The Library has more than 8000 resources on plant science broadly defined, including books and magazines on gardening for all ages and abilities. The Library is a great space for reading, quiet study and research. We also offer a children's area with puzzles, drawing materials and a comfortable couch to sit and read a favorite story. We love questions, so don't hesitate to make an appointment with the Librarian if you're working on a topic that may require research or archives assistance.


Tower Hill Botanic Garden opened in 1986 but its history as the Worcester County Horticultural Society dates back to the 1840’s, and the Library goes back almost as far. Early library holdings began with donations from founders and members, and today the Library provides access to institutional and garden history records and regularly exhibits materials from our archives.

Search the Online Library Catalog

Search WCHS Transactions: 1840-2006 via the Internet Archive

Library Book Group

Join our community of gardeners and readers. We read books on gardening and nature around a yearly theme, and meet one Saturday a month from January through April to discuss.  Click here for our 2016 titles. A complete list of books read is here.

Borrowing and Returning Books

Materials may be borrowed by Tower Hill members for one month. Returns may be made in person, by mail, or by returning to the Reception Desk when the library is closed.

Donations/Used Books for Sale

Tower Hill Library gratefully accepts donations of lightly used books covering all aspects of gardening. We also sell an impressive collection of competitively priced used books.  Please contact the Librarian (kbell@towerhillbg.org) or 508-869-6111 x116 for more information or stop by to check out our selection.

Lost Gardens of Worcester County

The Tower Hill Library is part of a project to document some of the outstanding gardens of Central Massachusetts.  Learn more about the gardens we're studying.  Interested in joining us? Please call 508.869.6111 x116 or email kbell@towerhillbg.org.