The LuEsther T. Mertz Library is a research library located at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York City. Founded in 1899 and renamed in the 1990s for LuEsther Mertz, it is the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany.

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  • The LuEsther T. Mertz Library is a research library located at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York City. Founded in 1899 and renamed in the 1990s for LuEsther Mertz, it is the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany. The library contains large collections of books relating to botany and horticulture, and are used for studies in fields such as history, anthropology, landscape and building design, architectural history, ethnobotany, economic botany, urban social history, and environmental policy. The library contains current scholarly books and serials, as well as many rare and historically important works. The library building was designed in 1896 by Robert W. Gibson in the Renaissance Revival style and constructed in 1898-1901. The structure, originally known as the Museum Building and later known as the Administration Building, is four stories tall and contains a facade of gray-buff brick with buff terracotta. A sculptural fountain called the Fountain of Life, as well as a tree-lined avenue called the Tulip Tree Allee, is located outside the front entrance. In 2009 the library building, fountain, and avenue were made a New York City designated landmark. (en)
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