As a member of the public, you may use items from our collection on-site at Mertz Library. Please consider making an appointment if you are seeking to do in-depth research or would like to consult specific items.
Our items do not circulate without a NYBG Library card. Please note that the library is not affiliated with the New York Public Library.
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.
Additional Library services
High-res color scanner (no charge)
Reading Room and WiFi for studying, projects and meetings
Query Reference Librarians and Plant Information Specialists for help
The Library provides a color scanner at no charge, and photographing our materials is permitted, provided no flash is used. This includes cell phone photos.
Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.
Food is not permitted in the library.
If you would like to consult materials from our Archives or Special Collections, please make an appointment beforehand. All special collections materials must be examined in the presence of a librarian and/or archivist, and are subject to rules and restrictions detailed upon your visit.
If you are interacting with archives or special collections: large bags 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. Please ask for a quarter at the reference desk if you need one.
Cell phonesmust be switched to silent when in the Library. Phone calls are not permitted. 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 so that we can see what was used.