The Blaksley Library was established in 1927. It began outdoors under the oaks as a quiet resting spot to read about plants, animals, and geology. Since then it has grown to over 15,000 volumes. The Blaksley Library building, designed by local architect Lutah Maria Riggs and completed in 1942, provides beautiful mountain views in a courtyard setting.

The Library is currently open by appointment only. The library collections are non-circulating but may be used onsite. Please contact the Library Director, Joan Ariel, by email or telephone (805/682-4726, ext. 107). Permission to use manuscript and art collections and architectural drawings must be obtained in advance by contacting the librarian, Joan Ariel, in writing (email, fax, or letter), stating the purpose of your research. Library use is free to all and does not require an admission fee to the Garden.