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Sterling Morton Library

Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum

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, literary, artistic, and historical value in support of the Arboretum’s mission. Devoted mainly to the subjects of botany and horticulture, especially as related to trees and shrubs that can be grown in northern Illinois, the Library collections also cover such subjects as  forestry, conservation, natural history,  and landscape design.  LEARN MORE

The library is open to students, researchers, gardeners, natural history enthusiasts, and anyone who wishes to use it.       

As part of the Arboretum's phased reopening, the Sterling Morton Library will begin to offer curbside service on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.  More details and updates on the Arboretum's reopening plans are available here.

  • We will continue to provide reference assistance via phone (630-719-2429) and email (library@mortonarb.org).

  • Digital resources will continue to be available via ACORN and our eBook Collection

  • Books can be returned and checked out via curbside service beginning July 1. This service will be available Tuesday-Friday from 10-2. Details about this new service:

 

HOW DOES CURBSIDE HOLDS PICKUP WORK?  

1.     Place a hold - online, by phone, or by email

Online: SWAN Online Catalog

By Phone: Call us at 630-719-2429

By Email: library@mortonarb.org

2.     Wait for notification that your items are ready for pickup Staff will gather your holds, check them out to you, and bag them up. (Don't worry, when you pick up your holds, we will update the due dates so that you still have 28 days to enjoy your items.) Staff will then call or email you once your materials are ready for pickup, and provide instructions.  Please do not come to the Library before you receive this notification, as your materials will not be ready.   

3.     Pick up your holds outside the Library building **Be sure to also have your timed-ticket for admission to the Arboretum. Please bring your cell phone with you.** By car: Please park in the lot adjacent to the Library and call us at 630-719-2429 to let us know that you’ve arrived. We’ll bring the resources to you!    

 

HOW DOES CURBSIDE RETURNS WORK?  

1.     Contact Library staff to schedule the return of items - by phone or email

By Phone: Call us at 630-719-2429

By Email: library@mortonarb.org

2.     Wait for confirmation of return. Staff will then call or email to confirm return and provide parking instructions.   

3.     Drop off your returns outside of the Library building. **Be sure to also have your timed-ticket for admission to the Arboretum. Please bring your cell phone with you.** At your confirmed time, please park in the lot adjacent to the Library and call us at 630-719-2429 to let us know that you’ve arrived. We’ll come out to pick up the returning items.

 

SEARCH THE CATALOG   ASK THE LIBRARIAN  Explore the Library's eBook Collection   

EXPLORE DIGITAL COLLECTIONS AT ACORN

 

Check Out This Month's Library Profile

In anticipation for the upcoming Tails on Trails event, check out this month's profile on Arboretum dogs: LEARN MORE

 

Currently Happening in the Sterling Morton Library 

Plant Hunters
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 gardens.
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Click here for additional information about upcoming classes and events to be held in the Sterling Morton Library.