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Arboretum Library: Curbside / Library Book Drop Pickup!

The Arboretum Library contains a comprehensive collection of resources on gardening, botany, California native plant life, environmental issues, and some agriculture as these subjects relate to the plants native to and planted in Southern California.

About Curbside/Library Bookdrop Pickup and Directions

Arboretum Library Curbside or Library Book Drop Pickup

The Arboretum Library is pleased to announce curbside pickup service at the loading zone in the main Arboretum Parking lot!
Arboretum members may now place orders of up to 7 items for curbside pickup.undefined

How to Place an Order:

  • Call (626) 821-3213 or email to place your order and schedule your appointment.  Please include your telephone number in your email.
  • The Arboretum Librarian will take your order and work with you to schedule a 10-minute curbside pickup appointment. If items turn out not to be available, the Librarian will inform the customer.
    • Curbside Pickup takes place on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

How to Pick Up Your Order:

  • Curbside pickup takes place in the Main Arboretum parking lot (301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007). The parking lot entrance is on Arboretum Way.
  • Upon arrival, you will drive* into the designated Loading Zone, marked with a yellow curb. The yellow curb loading zone is directly to the east of the accessible parking spaces.  There is a concrete peninsula in between.
    • If those spots are full due to a delay or a prior appointment running over, please find another temporary parking place.
  • Call the Librarian at 626-821-3213 upon your arrival.
  • The Librarian will greet you, check your personal identification and Arboretum membership card through the closed card window and place your package of reserved materials on the bench directly to the north of the loading zone (behind the hedge) and step back to observe physical distancing protocol.
  • You can then step out of your car, pick up your package, and leave any materials you are returning as well.
  • Library Book Drop Pickup -- The delivery can also be arranged to be picked up on top of the Library Book Drop in front of the Library doors.

*Biking and walking pickups are welcome and must also make an appointment ahead of time following the same procedures as drive-in or Library book drop service.


Safety Precautions:

  • Any books and materials being returned are quarantined for 72 hours before being checked back in and made available for checkout.
  • The Librarian and all Arboretum members participating in curbside pickup must wear a mask while exchanging books.

Guidelines & Tips for Success:

  • Visit the Online Catalog,  before you call to determine the items you want in your order. The Librarian is also available to help you with your selections and make suggestions.
  • Curbside pickup orders are limited to 7 items per order per day.
  • Items may be returned in the Library Book Drop in front of the Library doors when the Library is open and in the Membership Office when the Library is closed.  Items may not be returned when the Arboretum is closed.
  • This service is available to Arboretum members only.  Join today!