10 am - 4 pm Mon - Fri
10 am - 1 pm Sat

All garden guests are welcome to explore the Schumacher Library's many resources.

Olbrich’s Schumacher Library houses approximately 2,800 garden and nature books for adults and children as well as seed catalogs and gardening magazines. Stop by to use the free Community Seed Library, connect with the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library, get book recommendations or learn more about Olbrich's many programs and classes.

Anyone can browse and read titles while visiting the library, but only Olbrich members enjoy borrowing privileges to check titles out from the collection. Consider becoming a member today!

Browse and Hold Books Online

Anyone can browse the Schumacher Library collection online. Just visit our online catalog and search by topic, title, author, or collection.

Olbrich members can also renew and put books on hold from home. Just click on the person icon at the top right of the online catalog and enter your Olbrich member number when asked for your Patron ID.

Books will be held for up to 7 days. Pick up and return your items during open hours or arrange to pick up your books at the Olbrich lobby greeter desk.

Plant/Garden Resources

The best ways to get your questions answered!

Need help with plant identification? Use iNaturalist or Pl@ntNet to identify plants at home or those you have seen in the garden.

For answers to your gardening questions, use these online resources:

• Contact the Dane County Extension Horticulture Helpline, staffed by Master Gardeners, by phone or email regarding home garden questions.

• Use the UW Horticulture Ask a Question Form to ask general gardening questions or upload photos for plant identification.

• The University of Wisconsin-Extension Learning Store provides information about trees, shrubs, vegetables, flowers, landscaping, insects, and plant diseases. All publications are free to view, download, and print for personal use.

• Check out our Gardening Resources page for an ever growing repository of Olbrich's gardening know-how.

Have a plant sample to show someone? Walk-in services are available at the Wisconsin State Herbarium. The UW Department of Botany also assists with identification of unknown plant specimens via email or in-person. You can drop off plant specimens for identification weekdays from 7:45 am - 4:30 pm. Appointments are not required but are encouraged.

Have a question about plant diseases or pest infestations? Explore the online resources of the University of Wisconsin Extension Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic, or contact the clinic directly at (608) 262-2863 or bdh@plantpath.wisc.edu.

For help with identification of insects, insect-damaged materials, spiders, and other arthropods found in Wisconsin, contact the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab, or email the Wisconsin Bug Guy, UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab Director PJ Liesch at pliesch@wisc.edu.

For testing of soil, forage, manure, lime, and plants, send samples to the UW Soil and Forage Analysis Lab or contact them at (608) 262-4364 or soil-lab@mailplus.wisc.edu.

To get assistance with turf health issues, including lawn disease and dead grass, contact the UW Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab (TDL) at (608) 845-2535 or hockemeyer@wisc.edu.

Wed, Sep 27, 2023 6:30 PM

Garden & Nature Community Reading Group

Join other garden and wildlife enthusiasts to discuss books and ideas about gardening, plants, nature, and the environment in the Garden & Nature Community Reading Group. This group is a partnership between Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Steenbock Library, and the UW Arboretum.

The theme for our 2023 fall series is Different Worlds. We will be reading and discussing three fun, eye-opening books that invite us to consider and experience plants and nature in a new way. All discussions are free and participants are encouraged to read the selected book prior to participating in the discussion. Books are not supplied but are available at Schumacher Library and other area libraries.

Discussions are free but registration is required.

More Books
Wed, Sep 27, 2023 6:30 PM

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

Ed Young

In An Immense World, Ed Yong takes readers on an astounding voyage into the world of animal sensory perception by introducing a complex ecosystem of touch, scent, sound, sight, and even the magnetic fields that surround us. With humor and joy, this book reveals an entire universe of animal experience that will invite you to reconsider the world around you.

Winner of the American Library Associations 2023 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction.