UCLA Herbarium Library

The UCLA Herbarium Library is a non-circulating collection specializing in books and other ephemeral materials associated with the study of plants. The collection maintains a focus on floras from Mediterranean ecosystems worldwide including California, Chile, the Mediterranean basin, Southwestern Australia, and South Africa. Other important geographic holdings include floras from Malaysia, Australia, Hawaii, South America, Mesoamerica, and the Southwestern United States. In addition, subjects pertaining to Plants & People (religion, spirituality, herbal medicine, edible plants, toxins) as well as intersections of humans with conservation and ecology are also held. 


At this time, the UCLA Herbarium Library is available by appointment only.

Please email Herbarium Curator Dr. Anthony Baniaga (abaniaga@g.ucla.edu) to schedule your visit.

Our collections are currently being cataloged. Cataloged books are accessible through the UCLA Library Search under “Herbarium Library.”


Thank you to Philip Rundel, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former director of the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, for his generous gift that establishes the Philip Rundel Herbarium Library Endowment. This Endowment will ensure that the library’s collection, located within a beautifully renovated herbarium in the La Kretz Botany Building, will be cataloged, curated, and well-used.

The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a promoter of nature at a California land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

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