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Members and visitors are welcome to browse, read, relax and enjoy the Warren H. Corning Library.

The Warren H. Corning Library is temporarily closed to the public. Our collection focuses on trees and woody plants and shrubs, ecology, woodlot management, forest farming and sustainability, nature and plant propagation, and conservation.

For inquiries, please contact Director of Education Sharon Graper at


Tuesday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm

440.946.4400, ext. 225

Search the Holden Forests & Gardens Catalog

Find books, videos and periodicals from both the Warren H. Corning Library and the Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Eleanor Squire Library in the online catalog. Materials can be used in the library by the general public. Members may borrow circulating books. Similar titles will be in one catalog record. Search by Author, Title, or Subject for most inquiries. When an item appears, click on its title for more details AND its location at either institution.

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Circulation Policy

All current members of the Cleveland Botanical Garden and Holden Arboretum, their families as well as staff, interns, and volunteers may borrow library materials. Membership cards will be honored at either location. Items can be retrieved and sent to either location within 1-2 business days. Items may be returned to either library. Library items circulate for three weeks and can be renewed in person, by phone or through email. Up to 10 items can be checked out at any given time. If a patron has overdue items, they may not be able to check out additional items. Replacement costs will be pursued for items long overdue or lost.

Reference Services

Staff, members and visitors may seek reference assistance in person, by phone or by email:

Library phone – 440.946.4400, ext. 225
E-mail – Gary Esmonde, Librarian

Special Collections

Special Collection consists of approximately 500 titles (1,000 volumes), which are housed in a separate, climate-controlled room. Subject specialties include dendrology, fruit trees, monographs on woody plants and shrubs, conifers, oaks, rhododendrons, roses, herbals and medical botany, exploration of the natural world, floras of the world, botanical art and illustration, and horticultural and botanical journals.

Materials range in age from 1483 through late 20th century.

The rare book collection is available to the public by appointment to those doing research or with a special interest in historical materials. Contact the librarian to arrange an appointment (


Archives collects and saves all records and artifacts pertaining to the Arboretum having permanent organizational, historical, or scientific value. It is housed in the Special Collections room.

Back issues of Leaves, the past Arboretum magazine and the new title Holden Forests & Gardens magazine are indexed and searchable from 2000 to 2016. More recent issues are being added.

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