The Mertz Library is considered the most extensive and comprehensive botanical library in the Western Hemisphere. Located at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, their collection covers topics ranging from botany and horticulture to local history. The library includes books on landscape architecture, ethnobotany, and environmental policy. There are many important historical works, including a selection of Charles Darwin’s personal letters.
The library is open to the academic community and the public. The collections can all be used on site but many of the materials are rare and fragile, so they can’t leave the property. The Mertz library also serves as an excellent example of Beaux- Arts style architecture, designed by Robert W. Gibson in 1896. The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx. http://www.nybg.org/library/