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About the LuEsther T. Mertz Library

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The Mertz Library promotes the intelligent stewardship of the natural world by collecting and preserving works of merit in botany, horticulture and landscape design.

The Library’s outstanding collections represent over a century of commitment to botanical and environmental research. The skilled staff of the Mertz Library serve as an invaluable resource by providing the highest-quality resources and services to meet the needs of the Garden's diverse research, instructional and outreach programs including the Garden’s research staff, botanists and horticulturists as well as scientific, scholarly, and artistic communities worldwide and the public at large.

The Library is open to the public and in addition to supporting the intellectual and informational needs of the gardening, horticultural and botanical community the Library continues to develop strategic partnerships that advance research and promote new methods of providing access to an ever-expanding variety of information resources.


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Library Hours

Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Please enter by the Mosholu Gate if using the Library on a Monday.  NYBG grounds are closed to the Public on Mondays, but the Library is open.  The Library is closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.  Library hours are subject to change during summer months.


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