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Services at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library: Library Services

Library Services


About Us

Glad you made it here! This guide serves as an overview of library services here at LuEsther T. Mertz Library.  The tabs at the top of the page and the links to the right contain more specific information. Please contact us if questions remain—we're always happy to help.

What We Offer

Detailed list of collections here.

In addition to viewing all resources on site, NYBG members, students, staff members, or volunteers may sign up for a library card in order to check out items from our Member’s and General Collection. Library card privileges also include off-site access to electronic resources. Library cards may be obtained in person or via the online library card application.

The general public is welcome to consult library resources within the library. You do not need to pay for entry. Upon your arrival let NYBG Security or a Visitor Services team member know that you are here to visit Mertz Library. Accessing the library is free— you do not need to pay for admission. However, if you wish to explore the gardens during your visit a ticket is needed. 

Two computer kiosks are available for use and personal computer use is welcome—free WiFi available for use.

There is a book scanner available for your use at no charge. Please ask for permission to photograph materials.

*Anyone may 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 before your visit so that we can get a jump-start on helping you find resources.


Location: The library is located on the 6th floor of the library building at NYBG. Directions to NYBG.

Accessibility: The building is accessible via an elevator to the left of the main entrance. Once inside, take the elevator in the Orchid Rotunda to the 6th floor. NYBG accessibility information. Please ask security or call 718.817.8700 if you require assistance.

Library Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 4pm

Thursday: 10am - 4pm

Friday: 10am - 4pm 

Sat & Sun: Closed 

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