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by Peter Fraissinet:  First and second plates of the first number of Curtis' Botanical Magazine (1787-1790), perhaps the most beloved botanical journal of all time and renowned for its attention to detail in illustration.

The Bailey Hortorium Library is a collection of botanical books and journals that represent the personal library of Liberty Hyde Bailey combined with the library of the old Wiegand Herbarium at Cornell University. Over the years, the collection has grown to approximately 30,000 volumes. Over 200 journal titles are currently received at the Hortorium Library.

Faculty, staff, and students of the Hortorium and the Cornell community at large use this collection in a variety of research activities. The collection's primary focus is systematic botany and includes a very fine array of world floras. The palm literature collection is particularly well-known and expansive. Other strengths of the collection include horticultural taxonomy and paleobotany.

The Hortorium Library is searchable online through Cornell University Library's Catalogue; Hortorium Library books list the location as either Mann Library Hortorium or Mann Library Hortorium Reference. Since the Hortorium catalogue is included in Cornell's larger catalogue, it is also available through OCLC's WorldCat.

Lending policy

Anna Stalter, Kevin Nixon, and Peter Fraissinet with Hortorium specimens.

The Bailey Hortorium Library lends its books to the Cornell community through the Document Access desk at Mann Library. Loan periods are the same as for Mann Library books. Hortorium Reference volumes do not circulate.

Hortorium Library Hours and Location

The Bailey Hortorium Library is located in 430 Mann Library Building, within the Bailey Hortorium Herbarium. Hours are 9 AM - 4 PM Monday through Friday or by appointment.


Bailey Hortorium Librarian
Peter Fraissinet
Phone: 607-255-0443
Fax: 607-255-5407