The story of the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) Library in St. Louis, Missouri, begins with Henry Shaw, an entrepreneur who built his wealth selling wares on the St. Louis riverfront during the trade boom of the French Colonial age. A keen investor, Shaw acquired much land and built a country home on 80 acres in what is now the Tower Grove Park area in South St. Louis. Inspired by a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew near London, Shaw dedicated his retirement years to building a public garden and park on the land which would grow to rival the greatest of English gardens. As the garden grew, so to speak, Shaw was convinced to build a botanical garden, where facilities for scientific inquiry would stand alongside pleasure grounds. Naturally, he would need a library. Even before the garden opened in 1859, the first book was purchased for this library in 1856. Doug Holland is Library Director for the MBG Library, a truly special library with a rich history. Holland came to MBG with a background in history and archaeology. He gravitated toward historical agriculture while working at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum, where he did fieldwork in historic landscape ecology and studied the science of plant taxonomy. He arrived at MBG on a grant funded archives project and stayed on to wear several hats. Holland has worked in the herbarium, the archives, and of course, the library. Holland’s background, as well as his Library Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia, prepared him well for his current position, where he is now in charge of eight full-time library and archives staff and six full-time grant funded scanners.