The Warren H. Corning Library is located in Holden Arboretum’s Corning Visitor Center. It occupies space overlooking the butterfly garden and pond. Members and visitors are welcome to browse, read, relax and enjoy the space. Our collection focus is on trees and woody plants and shrubs, ecology, woodlot management, forest farming and sustainability, nature and plant propagation, and conservation/protection. We also purchase on topics related to household gardening, environment, ecology and landscaping that are of interest to members.
Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm
440.946.4400, ext. 225
Displays and Events
Off the Shelf is a changing display of books and prints from our Special Collections.
Celebration of Trees – through September 2019
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.
Collections and Services
Corning Library is a specialized library serving primarily the staff and members of Holden Arboretum. We presently have approximately 7,500 books, 30 journal subscriptions and approximately 75 CDs and DVDs.
- Our collection focus is on trees and woody plants and shrubs, ecology, woodlot management, forest farming and sustainability, nature and plant propagation, and conservation/protection.
- We place special emphasis on the Great Lakes region and Northeastern Ohio.
- We also purchase on topics related to household gardening, environment, ecology and landscaping that are of interest to members.
- Kid’s Corner has a large selection of children’s books.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Archives – 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.
Click here to learn about the history of the Warren H. Corning Library.