Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Tower Hill Library’s Online Catalog is available here.

Please click here to search Transactions of the Society 1840–2006.

All are welcome in the Tower Hill Library found on the lower level of the Stoddard Education and Visitors Center and members may borrow books. The Library has more than 8,000 resources including books, magazines and dvds 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. When it’s warm, head outside to our Reading Garden. We love questions, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment with the librarian, Kathy Bell at or 508.869.6111 x116 if you’re working on a topic that may require research or archives assistance.

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Tower Hill Botanic Garden opened in 1986 but its history as the Worcester County Horticultural Society dates back to the 1840s, 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.


Please click here to learn about the Library’s past exhibits.

Prizes Awarded/Prizes Received
On exhibit October through January 7, 2018
On display are some of the prizes we’ve received and bestowed during our 175 years in operation.

On exhibit October through January 7, 2018

Free with admission
Early Worcester County Horticultural Society members were very interested in fruit, especially pears. Learn about their books, the cultivars they exhibited, and see beautiful images from rare books and journals in our collections.

Saturday, November 4, 11am
Free with admission
Laura Baring-Gould, sculptor of the much-acclaimed Clapp’s Favorite Pear sculpture in Dorchester, as well as the bronze fountain and screens in Tower Hill’s Garden Within Reach, will speak about her creative process and the horticultural legacy of her work. Click to register.

The Tower Hill Quilt, created almost 20 years ago by volunteer Gigi Casella, is a beautiful, handmade look at our early Garden and on exhibit through January 2018.


A Visit to the Frederic Paine House and Grounds–Please note this event is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Sunday, October 22, 2-4 pm
Free with Admission
Timothy Paine House Museum, 140 Lincoln Street, Worcester
Visit the house and remaining land of the Paine family who once had some 300 acres of farmland, orchards and gardens and were an important part of Worcester’s early history.

Statuary in the Gardens
Sunday, November 12, 1-2 pm
Free with Admission
Head into the gardens and learn about the various statues and ornaments both apparent and ‘hidden in plain sight’! Click to register.


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

The 2017 Book Group is full; please contact Kathy Bell (email or 508-869-6111 x116) to be placed on the wait list. We read books on gardening and nature based on a yearly theme, and meet one Saturday a month from January through April to discuss. Please view our 2017 titles and find a complete list of the books we have read here.

The Tower Hill Library is part of a project to document 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
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 when the Library is open. Please contact the librarian, Kathy Bell, at or 508.869.6111 x116 for more information about donations.