Welcome to the Sterling Morton Library
Designed by noted Chicago architect Harry Weese, the Sterling Morton Library is an attractive space, with curved cherry bookcases, glass shelves, a ceiling that appears to float, and its own intimate garden—the May T. Watts Reading Garden—a perfect place to spend a summer's day reading a good book.
The Sterling Morton Library provides significant resources of scientific, artistic, and historical value in support of the Arboretum’s mission. Devoted mainly to the subjects of botany and horticulture, especially as it relates to trees and shrubs that can be grown in northern Illinois, these diverse collections also explore such subjects as urban forestry, natural history, botanical art, forestry & conservation, as well as landscape design. LEARN MORE
The library is open to students, researchers, gardeners, natural history enthusiasts, and anyone who wishes to use it.
Library closed on Tuesday, December 21 and possibly Wednesday, Dec 22 for maintenance.
Library holiday closures: Dec 24-26, Dec 31-Jan 2.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
Check Out This Month's Library Profile
Bark: For every species of tree at the Arboretum, there is a variety of bark. Learn how to identify the most beautiful barks with this month's library profile! learn more
Currently Happening in the Sterling Morton Library
Our current exhibit, Plant Hunters, explores the practice and history of plant exploration and collecting. The exhibit features artifacts from the Library's special collections relating to famous plant hunters from history, including rare photographs of turn-of-the-century China taken by Ernest Henry Wilson. Visitors can explore modern plant hunting and conservation efforts by scientists at The Morton Arboretum. LEARN MORE
Leafing Through the Pages
Interested in a morning of community, connectivity and spirited conversation? Join Leafing Through the Pages, the Library's book discussion group! Meeting on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. until noon, this group explores works of fiction and non-fiction relating to natural history, ecology and the garden.
Click here for additional information about upcoming classes and events to be held in the Sterling Morton Library.