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Covid-19 Update

Masks are optional. The Botanic Gardens continues to follow all advice and directives set forth by the UW, which are detailed on the UW Novel Coronavirus Information Page.


Mondays: Noon-8pm
Tuesdays-Fridays: 9am-5pm
Saturdays: 9am-3pm through June 8
Saturdays June 15-September 14: Closed
Saturdays beginning September 21: 9am-3pm
Sundays: Closed

Closed September 2, November 11.

The library is open to the general public. Registration is required to borrow books, no UW affiliation required.   General information about the Library

Getting Here

The Library is located at the Center for Urban Horticulture at 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA, 98105.

Contact Us

General Information: 206-543-0415
Plant Answer Line: 206-897-5268 (206-UW-PLANT)
Fax: 206-897-1435

Mailing Address

Elisabeth C. Miller Library
UW Botanic Gardens
Box 354115
Seattle, WA 98195-4115


Email Miller Library to schedule a tour.


Brian Thompson
Manager and Curator of Horticultural Literature
Lena Youkhana
Rebecca Alexander
Plant Answer Line Librarian, Manager of Reference and Technical Services
Laura Blumhagen
Youth Collections and Outreach Librarian
Nick Williams
Special Collections Librarian


Volunteers are invaluable to the smooth functioning of the library, giving an average of 2000 hours per year. The library currently has eight active volunteers who typically work a 3-4 hour shift each week. Tasks include shelving, data entry, special projects, helping patrons, and other duties. Unpaid internships or directed fieldwork may also be arranged.

Apply via the online application.