Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.   (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

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seed library
benjamin l. hooks central library (3rd floor)

The Memphis Public Libraries began the Seed Library at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in 2016 with the help of Memphis Tilth and UTExtension. With donations from the public, funding from Friends of the Library to buy supplemental seeds, the Seed Library functions as a free exchange of seed packets for the Memphis community and is located on the 3rd floor of Central Library. A former card catalog now houses seeds of all kinds, including vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Take what you need, and after your harvest (if possible), donate seeds from your yield.  If you’d like to stay informed about the Seed Library, we suggest following the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library page on Facebook.

gardening books at the library

We have plenty of gardening books at the Library. Place them on hold and pick them up at any library location.

Recent Gardening Books

Gardening – Southern States

Gardening – Staff Picks

gardening e-books (overdrive/libby)

Check out our gardening eBooks with OverDrive/Libby. Visit our eCollection page for more information OverDrive/Libby.

gardening e-magazines (overdrive/libby)

Check out our gardening eMagazines with OverDrive/Libby. Visit our eCollection page for more information OverDrive/Libby.


Find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies. For all horticultural enthusiasts.

linc/2-1-1 gardening resources

Browse LINC/2-1-1’s Community Database for various local gardening services including gardening clubs, community gardens, and more.