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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.
All visitors to the Herbarium have access to the Library's 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 the Library, or request a NYBG staff sponsor to check books out under their name.
Check out up to three books at a time for three weeks each, (with two renewals), from the circulating collections.
Apply for stacks access (Granted after the supervisor signs a completed Library card application, and the individual is given a stacks tour) (Individuals must have a dedicated office space to use this service.)
Check books out of the General Collection, kept at all times on NYBG grounds. **Books must be stored in the individual's NYBG office space and are subject to recall at any time** (Individuals must have a dedicated office space to use this service.)
View Rare Book Room, pre-1850s, and Archival materials in the Library with Library staff permission and supervision
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.