The library contains a comprehensive selection of horticultural information and computing facilities available to members.




The information resources at Holehird comprise a collection of some 1,600 horticultural books, over 50 magazines and journal titles, videos, DVDs and interactive CD-ROMs.  The collection covers most aspects of horticulture and is the second largest horticultural library in Cumbria, with the books arranged on the shelves in sections of interest.  Specific titles, authors or areas of interest can be searched for either by using hard copy catalogues in the library or on-line from the members' area of this web site.


From the library the internet, LHS databases and other digital resources are accessible via several computers.  Also available are digital microscopes, a document scanner and copier, a slide scanner and specialist software;  all provided in support of the charitable aims of the Society.



Reading room

The LHS Library at Holehird is very much a practical resource, a working library for use by members.  The contents range from classic books (e.g. Bean; Trees and Shrubs Hardy in The British Isles), through interactive CD-ROMs (e.g. Poisonous Plants and Fungi in Britain and Ireland), to the almost ephemeral (e.g. NGS Yellow Book) and are continually reviewed and updated to reflect the interests of members.  Furthermore, recently purchased books plus a large number of horticultural magazines and journals with display racks holding current issues are available in the reading room.


Most books, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs and past issues of magazines may be borrowed by members, but reference items and current magazines are for use only in the library.  The library is open to members whenever the building is open, and items may be borrowed for up to two weeks.  The librarians, David and Diane Kinsman, may be contacted on 015394 46238.