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Services at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library: Staff, Graduate Students and Herbarium Visitors


All benefits are extended to staff members, graduate students, and long-term visiting researchers while they are affiliated with NYBG. 

Additionally, all visitors to the Herbarium have access to the collection. Visitors who are staying for longer than three months can sign up for a Library Card and check books out to an office on the NYBG grounds. Visitors staying for three months or longer can use materials in Mertz Library, or request a NYBG staff sponsor to check books out under their name.

Circulation privileges

  • Check out books from the circulating collections.
  • Check books out of the General Collection if agreed to be kept at all times on NYBG grounds.
  • View Rare Book Room, pre-1850s, and Archival materials in the Library with Library staff permission and supervision
  • Request materials from other institutions through Interlibrary Loan
  • Access all subscription database and e-services onsite while using Library and NYBG computer terminals, or Garden WiFi. If granted a Library Card, these resources may be accessed off-site. 

On-site Library services

  • Public Computers
  • High-Res color scanner (no charge)
  • Reading Room and WiFi

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.

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Library Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 4pm

Thursday: 10am - 4pm

Friday: 10am - 4pm 

Sat & Sun: Closed 

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