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Services at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library: Using the Library

Using the Library

  • The Library is open to the public!  You can visit during the hours we are open, and do not need to make an appointment.  However, if you would like to conduct in-depth research it is suggested that you email the Library before your visit so that we can get a jump-start on helping you find resources. 
  • If you are an NYBG member, student, staff member, or volunteer, you can sign up for a Library card in order to check out items from our collections.
  • Food and/or beverages, including bottled water, are not permitted in the Library.
  • Large bags, (including backpacks and briefcases), and bulky coats must be placed in the closet to the left of the entrance, or in a locker to the right of the entrance. 
  • Cell phone use is not permitted in the Library.  Personal computer use is welcome; there is free WiFi available for use in our reading room.
  • Please do not reshelve materials, but leave them on the tables or book cart.  This allows us see what resources have been used, and helps us know what books and materials to add to our collection in the future.
  • There is a book scanner available for your use at the Library Desk at no charge.  If you would like to photocopy materials, the cost is .30 cents per page for non-staff members, and .15 for staff and students.  Please ask permission to photograph materials.
  • Please ask at the Library desk or email us at if we can help you find anything, answer any questions, or assist you in using our electronic resources.

Contact Us

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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.