At this time, NYBG including the Mertz Library are closed to the public for in-person visitation.
Firstly, we miss seeing you in the library. In fact, we miss being in the library every day, close to our visitors and the collections. (To say nothing about the spring blooms outside.)
We, like everyone else, are trying to make the best of things, and to do what we can to support the creation of knowledge and the sharing of information.
Here are some updates that we hope will do just that.
During this time, when so much is changing every day, we want to let you know about things the Library can do to support you.
If you already have a library card-
- You can access our electronic resources and journals from home, using these instructions. (Not sure of your library barcode? No problem! Email email@example.com and we will let you know what it is.
- You can request book chapters and journal articles through interlibrary loan. (Unfortunately we cannot get physical or e-books for you through this service.)
If you want to sign up for a library card-
- NYBG staff, members, volunteers, and interns can sign up for library cards! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Even if you don't have a library card (and especially if you do)-
- You can email us your reference questions. Have a question about the history of science, botany, or horticulture? You can start with us. Email email@example.com for help. (You can also cc firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com if you’d like).
- Not sure where to start? No problem. You can schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with a Librarian to ask for help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. We can help you with:
- Searching our databases and general search strategies
- Recommending books for readers of all ages
- Evaluating sources
- Research methods
- Developing assignments
- Talking about botany, horticulture, plants in general, and all things libraries
And, because you can’t be working or reading the news all the time, here are some of our favorite digital collections for you to browse, absorb, and enjoy.
- NYBG at Home (Digital collections at NYBG from a variety of departments.)
- Mertz Digital (Content from the Mertz Library's collections.)
- The Biodiversity Heritage Library
- LibGuides (research guides and resources from the Mertz Library)
We are also exploring ways in which we can host book discussions, provide more ways for you to ask us questions, and contribute to the NYBG social media channels. If there is something you’d like to see the Library provide, please let us know your thoughts and ideas.
Be well, and hope to see you all very soon.
~ Your friends and supporters, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library staff