The LuEsther T. Mertz Library reopening plan is in line with the New York Botanical Garden protocols which were established based on the New York State and New York City guidelines. The approach is to reopen the Garden in a phased timeline, which allows us to evaluate progress and gradually increase access, activities and programs. You can find all Garden updates related to reopening plans on the NYBG site.
The safety and health of visitors and staff is our top priority, as well as caring for our collections and space. In response, the library staff will be provided with personal protective equipment and cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be implemented for collection materials. At this time, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library is closed to the public for in-person visitation. Please continue to check the NYBG homepage for updates. We look forward to welcoming you back!
Remember: there is a lot of information about COVID-19 being shared. Always evaluate and think critically about any health information you find.
Employees are required to protect themselves and others by following the applicable NYBG and Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines which include the following:
Collections in Libraries and Museums have been used in several studies to determine the spread and lifespan of COVID-19 virus on the materials. To read more about the studies conducted visit REALM Project Results from the studies are still being analyzed. However, it had been recommended that we take the following precautions regarding all collection materials until further information is available:
Disinfecting all materials with chemicals, exposure to UV rays and placing in microwave are not recommended for library materials because they can damage the items.
As we prepare to reopen you will most likely have questions on this topic. In this guide you'll find information related to library services, technical help, online resources and additional COVID-19 information. If you have additional questions or are in need of research assistance please contact us at the Library Reference email email@example.com
NYBG Staff seeking information about NYBG's larger reopening plan and documents please review the NYBG Staff Hub. The NYBG Staff Hub is password-protected. If you have forgotten your password contact the NYBG IT team at HD@nybg.org