Get involved with the Library
New or used books and other reading materials are always welcome. Donations that do not fit into our collections or duplicate items we already own are sold at the Library’s book sales to raise funds for new purchases. When a book is donated to the library a special Arboretum bookplate with the donor’s name is included within the book. If you like to help expand our collections, please check our Wish List. We also have a special Children’s Wish List of titles we need the most to support our Bookworms Story Time.
We have subscriptions to 300 current periodical titles on subjects that include gardening, horticulture, botany, California native plant life, environmental issues, and agriculture. As a donation, you might consider renewing a subscription or soliciting a magazine subscription for us.
Historical Garden Photos
We are gathering pictures of historical Southern California gardens. If you own any such photos, and would like to donate them, a photograph quality copy of the print or the actual print itself, would be wonderful additions to our photo gallery. We are willing to accept photographs, slides, and any form of visual media. If you are interested in donating your photographs please contact Susan Eubank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to better serve the Los Angeles area community, we are in the process of converting our card catalog from a manual format to an easy accessible digital resource. This means greater accessibility to our library for the general public. If you, your family, your friends, or your neighbors are interested in participating in a botanical- or garden-related project it will be easier to access the wealth of information we have available at the Arboretum Library. Converting the library to digital format is an extensive and all-inclusive project. If you have experience fundraising for a non-profit organization and would like to donate your time or you would like to make a monetary pledge to the Library please contact Susan Eubank.
Other Ways to Support the Library
Volunteer at the Library
There are a number of things you can do while volunteering at the Library, such as cover and shelve books, price books for sale or help with updating the website. Volunteer times are flexible throughout the week. To learn more about volunteering, contact librarian Susan Eubank to learn more about how you can help.