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.
Check Out This Month's Library Profile
Oak: Living in both our collections and our logo, oak trees play an important role in the Arboretum's projects and activities. Read this month's profile to learn a little more about the library's collections on oaks! learn more
Currently Happening in the Sterling Morton Library
Tales and Treasures
This year, the Sterling Morton Library has turned 50! To celebrate this auspicious anniversary, our current exhibit, Tales and Treasures, showcases 50 rare and unique objects from our collections, each with a special story to tell. 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.
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