The New York Botanical Garden

MERTZ LIBRARY

Reference and Research Services



Reference Librarians
Plant Information
Archives
Interlibrary Loan
Mailing Address for General Inquiries


Reference Librarians

A Reference Librarian is on duty during the hours that the Library is open to the public. Librarians will assist readers who are unfamiliar with Library policies or who need assistance with bibliographic or electronic sources.

The Librarians will answer reference inquiries either on-site, by e-mail, fax or mail. Inquiries should be directed to:

Reference Department
libref@nybg.org

Recorded message for hours and information: (718) 817-8604

Mailing address:
Reference Department
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York 10458-5126


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Plant Information

The Garden offers plant information services onsite, through telephone, written, or faxed inquiries and through our web site http://www.nybg.org/hgc_online


Persons seeking plant information from areas outside the southeastern New York region are requested to consult local resources (libraries, botanical gardens, arboretums and the local Cooperative Extension Service) for answers dealing with specific local conditions and environmental issues.

Questions concerning outdoor and indoor plant culture, maintenance, and plant selection are answered. The service includes information on cultural requirements such as planting, feeding, pruning, and propagation. Limited assistance is offered with landscape design inquiries. Plant identification questions require submission of an adequate specimen of the plant in question.

Popular pages on our web site include:

Monthly Gardening Calendar
Seasonal Interest Topics
Plant Information Fact Sheets (including information on houseplants)
Frequently Asked Questions
Useful Links (to plant institutions, organizations, societies, etc.)

The staff will answer questions via e-mail as time allows. Requests for information placed through e-mail must indicate the location (city and state) of the person asking the question.
Plant Information questions should be directed to:

Plant Information Specialist
pltinfo@nybg.org

Phone (718) 817-8681, Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call for holiday hours.

Mailing address:
Plant Information
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York 10458-5126

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Archives

The mission of The New York Botanical Garden Archives is to identify, collect, preserve and make accessible for research and reference use, the historical records of The New York Botanical Garden and the personal papers of individuals whose work or purpose reflect or is connected to the various disciplines supported in the overall mission of the Garden.

Printed and electronic finding guides to many of these historical collections held in the Archives are available upon request in the Library and on the Garden's web site at http://library.nybg.org/finding_guide/index.php. Descriptive records for many collections may also be found in the Garden's online catalog.

Researchers may use the archives by appointment only and shall provide personal identification and proof of signature and agree to follow rules governing the handling of archival materials. Permission to consult the materials does not imply the right to publish the material. Permission to publish must be made in writing and acknowledgment of the material in any subsequent publication must be included.

For an appointment, please contact Stephen Sinon, Head of Information Services and Archives at ssinon@nybg.org.

Mailing address:
Archives
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, New York 10458-5126


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is an essential element in meeting the increasing demand for information. Since no Library is completely self sufficient in meeting the needs of its patrons, interlibrary loan services are provided to Garden staff, long term visitors, and students in Continuing Education programs. The Library does not attempt to borrow material for the general public since these services can be obtained through their local public library. Students in affiliated graduate programs should use the interlibrary loan department at their university.
The interlibrary loan office borrows and lends material through the interlibrary loan subsystem of OCLC and by fax or e-mail using American Library Association (ALA) approved loan forms. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden can supply books, CDs and DVDs from its collections on interlibrary loan to qualified libraries within the United States and Canada only. Copies can be supplied to any library worldwide. Please check the library’s online catalog before placing a loan request.
The Library does not lend periodicals, oversize books, fragile material or material published prior to 1945. For further information, please contact our Interlibrary Loan Office at ldevito@nybg.org. Qualified staff, students and long term visitors should fill out an interlibrary loan request form providing as much information about the item as is known.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR INTERLIBRARY LOAN


Loans are sent out for a one month period and are not renewable. We charge $20.00 per loan request and additional fees may apply to cover the cost of shipping excessive weight or multiple volumes.
We are a member of the New York Metropolitan Library Council and offer complimentary loans to other members of METRO who do not charge us. We are a member of the Biodiversity Heritage Library and we provide free loans to other members of the BHL. We are a member of the Bio Information Science Consortium and provide free loans to members of BISC.
Copies are provided in electronic format wherever possible. Minimum cost for all copies is $8.00 which includes up to eight pages. Additional pages are charged at fifty cents per page. When copies are mailed out postage and handling fees will apply as per below:
9-20 pages…..$1.50
21-39 pages…..$2.00
40-60 pages…..$2.75
Over 61 pages…..$3.75

Mailing address:
InterLibrary Loan Office
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Bouelvard
Bronx, New York 10458-5126

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Contact Information for General Inquiries

Our address for all general inquiries is:

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10458-5126

General Office telephone number:
(718) 817-8728

Fax number:
(718) 817-8956


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