Lending Library

The Ross Center houses Merryspring’s lending library. The library contains a comprehensive collection of nature and horticulture resources, including field guides, garden design books, books about specific flowers and plants, garden and woodworking plans, and more. Library books are available to read during business hours. Members of Merryspring have the privilege to take out books for a 3-week lending period. The library is primarily a result of donations. Many subjects are in need of great expansion. If you’d like to donate to the library, contact us (include link here to contact page) to see what we need.

The library is catalogued alphabetically by subject. A complete list of library subjects follows.

  • Amphibians & Reptiles
  • Annuals
  • Art & Floral Arrangement
  • Bees
  • Birds
  • Bulbs
  • Container Gardening
  • Ferns
  • Foraging & Wild Foods
  • Fruits & Orchards
  • General Gardening Guides (various subjects, listed alphabetically by author)
  • Gardening with Children
  • Geology
  • Grasses & Groundcovers
  • Heirloom Plants
  • Herbs
  • Homesteading & Primitive Skills
  • Houseplants, Terrariums & Greenhouses
  • Insects
  • Landscaping & Garden Design
  • Lichens, Mosses & Fungi
  • Maine Natural History
  • Mammals
  • Medicinal Plants
  • Natural History
  • Ocean & Shore Biology
  • Organic Gardening
  • Plant Biology, Classification & Identification
  • Pest Identification & Management
  • Perennials
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Pruning
  • Rock Gardening
  • Seeds & Propagation
  • Soils & Compost
  • Specific Plants (listed alphabetically by plant)
  • Tree & Shrub Identification
  • Tree & Shrub Landscaping
  • Topiaries & Bonsai
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Weed Identification & Control
  • Wildflower Identification
  • Wildflower & Native Plant Gardening
  • Woodworking