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Searchable Databases and Electronic Resources

The Library provides access to many electronic databases and journals at public terminals located in the Reference Room and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Reading Room. Many of these products are restricted to onsite use in the Library. Some require passwords. For these, ask for assistance at the Reference Desk.

Electronic Reference tools

E-Journals available at the Library include:
List of available journals

The following electronic databases are available at the Library:
AGRICOLA (1970 to present)
BIOSIS (1980 to present)
Books in Print
Dictionary of Natural Products
HORTCD (1989-2000)
International Plant Names Index
OCLC First Search
Plant Information Online (University of Minnesota)
PROQUEST (via The New York Public Library)
Royal Horticultural Society - Orchid Registrations
Royal Horticultural Society --Plant Finder

Mertz Library Local Databases

The Library also maintains a number of local databases, providing access, inventory, and searching capability to some of the Library's non-book collections that have not received full cataloging and are therefore not available through the online catalog. These databases include botanical art and illustration collection, current nursery and seed catalogs, historical seed catalogs, collectors' field notebooks, and the Lord & Burnham Collection. These databases are available onsite in the Library only.

Digital Library

The Library is participating in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Botanical/Horticultural Rare Book Digitization Pilot Program, along with several other botanical and horticultural libraries in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Garden's project is to create high quality digital copies of three 19th century titles by André Michaux and his son Francois André Michaux. Illustrators of the titles include Pierre Joseph Redouté and Pancrace Bessa. (More about the Rare Book Digitization Program)

Digitized Rare Books


The Library is pleased to offer visitors to this website a look at exhibitions which have been on view in its William D. Rondina and Giovanni Foroni LoFaro Gallery. The gallery will enable The Garden to display and interpret the outstanding collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library. Many exhibitions will be accompanied by their own fully illustrated catalog. It is hoped that these online exhibitions will allow us to share our treasures with a much wider audience.

(See Exhibitions)

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