The New York Botanical Garden Library

 King of Hearts / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

King of Hearts / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

During my participation in Science Gossip’s research project, I discovered an image of the Library of the New York Botanical Garden. This sparked my interest because botanical gardens are very fascinating, and contribute a significant amount to science. Botanical gardens are used to collect and label a large variety of plants, and make for beautiful landmarks. They all mix science and knowledge into an interactive public experience and allow the public to appreciate nature.

Photo by Walley Gobetz https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/2143896196

Photo by Walley Gobetz https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/2143896196

The New York Botanical Garden was established in 1891 and is currently visited by over a million people annually. In 1967 the Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark. The New York Botanical Garden remains one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, spanning over 250 acres. The Garden remains an advocate for the plant kingdom, and educates scholars and the general public with its contents. A YouTube page for the Garden highlights events, and gives an insight to those who are unable to travel to New York to see the garden. One of the first structures built on the grounds was the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, otherwise known as the Library of the New York Botanical Garden.

The LuEsther Library remains the largest botanical library in the Americas. The library’s contents most commonly pertain to botany and horticulture, however, they have literature in a large variety of other fields.  The library was named after LuEsther T. Mertz after a renovation in 2000. Mertz was born in 1905, and worked as a librarian at Syracuse University. She was very committed to the wellbeing of the Garden and contributed immensely to the Garden’s science programs. She passed away in 1991, and the library changed its name in her memory.

With over 11 million pieces of literature, the Library continues to grow. Today the Library must preserve its data digitally in order to preserve the information held within. The New York Botanical Garden, and the LeEsther T. Mertz Library, both continue to contribute to society. They hold an immense amount of information that is accessible to the general public, and not restricted to scholars. Not only is the garden beautiful, it contains thousands of plants and is an immersive and educational experience to anyone who visits. The Library attracts people from around the globe with its plethora of information regarding the botanical world. The wellbeing of these landmarks is important because they offer us a significant amount of information within the Library, but also provide exposure to this information with the Botanical Garden. They also continue to teach new scholars entering the field of botany, and remain an important place to others within the field. Their easy accessibility allow anybody with interest to learn about plants, and appreciate their beauty. The New York Botanical Garden, and the LuEsther T. Mertz library remain salient to our society, and continue to contribute to our knowledge of the plant kingdom with the massive amount of information held within.

 

A collection of historic photos can be found here.

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