The Lloyd Library, Historical Research Center for the Natural Health Movement. Did you know that this historical center was located in Cincinnati? Are you thinking, “Never heard of it!” “Where is it and exactly what is the Lloyd Library?”
It was established in the 19th century by the Lloyd brothers as part of their pharmaceutical company. The Lloyd Brothers, Pharmacists, Inc. was known for excellent botanical and specific medicines at the time.
Today the library is located at the corner of Court and Plum Streets in downtown Cincinnati, 917 Plum Street to be specific. It houses over 200,000 rare, unusual, old and present day books and journals. The collection covers a wide range of subjects such as aromatherapy, herbal medicines, botany, horticulture, other alternative therapies, folk medicine, pharmacy, historic botanical illustrations and so much more! It has one of the most distinguished collections not only in this country but world wide. As a matter of fact people do come from all over the world to visit the Lloyd Library and Museum to access the treasure trove of information available for serious research or just for personal enrichment.
The Historical Research Center for the Natural Health Movement is part of the original mission of the Lloyd Brothers helping to bring this information to the public. Numerous scholars in the field of botanical medicines have donated their papers and collections to the library. Some of these individuals are Susan Weed, Stephen Buhner, George Hocking, Varro “Tip” Tyler.
In 1996 Jeanne Rose, the Grande Dame of American Herbalism and Aromatherapy donated her extensive collection of old and rare books on herbs and herbal medicines to the Lloyd Library. These books are on display and available for access when doing research on such topics.
The Lloyd Library and Museum has a great web site where you can access information and start your own research project. While you are surfing through their web site be sure to check out the store where you can purchase beautiful botanical note cards and copies of old books about the Lloyds, botanical medicines and other topics. You can also “Become a Friend” of the Lloyd Library and help keep this legacy alive with a small donation of $25.
So discover the national treasure that is the Lloyd. You’ll be amazed. The Lloyd Library and Museum is certainly a gem in the crown of the Queen City!