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Services at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library: School of Professional Horticulture Students
All benefits are extended to SOPH students during their enrollment in the school. After program graduation, students are encouraged to become Garden Members in order to continue having access to Library resources.
Check out up to three books at a time for three weeks each, (with two renewals), from the Members’ Collection
Apply for stacks access (Granted after the Director of the School signs off on the application, and the student is given a stacks tour)
Check books out of the General Collection, kept at all times on NYBG grounds. **Books must be stored in the SOPH Student Room and are subject to recall at any time**
View Rare Book Room, pre-1850s, and Archival materials in the Library with Library staff permission and supervision
Request the use of Interlibrary Loan to request books loans or electronic copies of articles from other institutions (fees may apply)
Access all subscription database and e-services onsite while using Library and NYBG computer terminals, or Garden WiFi
Access subscription databases and e-resources offsite after being issued a Library card
On-site Library services
Use any public computer in the Library
Use the high-res scanner in the Library for free
Use the Reading Room and WiFi for study, projects and meetings during the Library’s hours of operation
Instruction and research privileges
Query Reference Librarians and Plant Information Specialists for help, either on-site, via email, or over the phone during the Library’s hours of operation
Request one-on-one or group training for e-resources from the Reference Librarian
The C. V. Starr Virtual Herbarium is the gateway to the digitized specimens of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium. Currently, 2.5 million specimen records and 1.5 million images are available. Every month, about 20,000 new records and images are added.
Archival material from the Mertz Library's Nathaniel Lord Britton Papers and Lewis David von Schweinitz Papers was contributed to Wiley Digital Archives. View that material plus material contributed by other institutions. Please note that this collection can be accessed only from a computer located at NYBG. (Authentication is by ip address.)
This guide details how to renew books. You must have your Library barcode in order to renew books yourself. If you do not have your barcode, email the Library and a Librarian will provide you with this information.