The PHS McLean Library offers general and specialty gardening information and historical collections. Visitors can find resources on a range of horticultural topics at the library or below.
By becoming a PHS member you can borrow books. Borrowing of eBooks is now available to the gardening public through a library consortium.
UPDATE: PHS McLean Library is open to PHS Members, Staff, and Researchers on these days and times:
All visitors must show proof of vaccination and will be required to wear masks. To ensure seating availability, we suggest that you contact library staff prior to your visit.
Borrowing privileges are reserved for members of PHS, either by pick-up during open hours or by arranging to have books mailed to them.
For further information, to make an appointment, or to ask a question, go to askPHS.
Sort through 70 subject guides for all skill levels.
Search over 15,000 books and DVDs including titles on many types of gardening.
PHS McLean Library staff has digitized vintage Flower Show images, lantern slides, videos, books and much more.
The WILS Horticulture Library Consortium shares collections with Longwood Gardens and the Mt. Cuba Center for digital borrowing.
Explore new titles and see what the McLean Library Book Group is reading this month.
These aids hold the history of PHS initiatives, administrative records, and cover an extensive image library.
100 North 20th Street, 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Monday - Wednesday 9:30 am -3:30 pm
Thursday - Friday (by appointment )
9:30am - 3:30 pm
PHS McLean Library is ADA compliant. On-street parking and parking lots are located nearby.
Wondering what to plant in your yard, home, or office? Seeking to identify a plant or pest in your garden? Have a question about PHS offerings? Visit AskPHS, our online forum for your horticulture questions.