Hoffman Library

A Good Place to Read, Research or Meet!


9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday

The Hoffman Library is one of four lending horticultural libraries in Ohio with over 2600 books, 17 magazine subscriptions and free gardening catalogs.  This tranquil space is ideal for relaxing and observing the garden beyond the picture windows as well as conducting research, and hosting small private or community meetings (for library rental contact Terry at thouston@civicgardencenter.org).

Easy Access to Information

Access to the library’s resources is open to all visitors of the CGC though checkout privileges are reserved for donors and/or volunteers for a loan period of 4 weeks with renewal by phone or email.

Easy search of library holdings can be conducted by using the online catalog on the library’s in-house computer or remotely by clicking here.   Many of the bookshelves are marked with easy-to spot “topic markers”.  Most volumes are contained within the main portion of the library with additional shelves in the lower level just through the arch.

Checking out books is made fast and user friendly with the self-checkout or with CGC staff assistance.          

Additional services:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Public computer, printer and copier
  • Staff and seasonal picks
  • Youth Education resources
  • Children’s books
  • Antique garden tool collection display
  • Book drop outside auditorium doors by the herb garden
  • Free convenient parking lot adjacent to the CGC

Children’s Books and Resources for Teachers

The Hoffman Library is proud to offer some of the best loved books for children on the topic of gardening as well as new ones about composting, bugs and other subjects intended to encourage children to enjoy all the garden has to offer.

The section for teaching resources is located just above the Children’s area and includes books with endless creative ideas for bringing the garden into the classroom.

Both sections are found on the inside of the reference island.

Used Book Sale!

Each year at THE Plant Sale, held on the first weekend in May, the Hoffman Library has a used book sale including gardening, cooking and craft books and magazines at bargain prices. The Library Committee welcomes year-round donations of gently used books and magazines which may be brought to the lobby’s front desk or placed in the book drop on the side of building outside the auditorium.



The library’s collection is maintained by the Library Committee which meets every Wednesday afternoon.  The Committee welcomes your questions and suggestions at Library@civicgardencenter.org .

For information on volunteering at Hoffman Library, please  contact Jenn Bakes at ssettlemyre@civicgardencenter.org or 513-221-0981.