Interning Or Volunteering

Interning and Volunteering at the ANS Library

The Library of the American Numismatic Society invites interested volunteers and students of library and information studies to apply for internships. The library and the academic institutions will work together to ensure that the students receive appropriate academic credit for their work.


All internships are:

  • Available throughout the academic year and summer during the Library’s scheduled hours of operation (Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm).
  • Unpaid unless otherwise specified. However, opportunities to attend lectures and seminars of interest may also be available.
  • Hours are negotiable depending on number of credit hours required for academic credit and the intern’s needs.

Internship activities and duties include:

  • Opportunities to take part in daily library operations.
  • Ongoing long-term and short-term projects.
  • Intern feedback and evaluation of the experience, as well as suggestions for improvement.

Interns are expected to treat the internship as a professional appointment by keeping to an agreed up schedule, completing assignments, and cooperatively participating in all activities of the library. Interns should be able to commit to equivalent of a full day of work per week (or 2 half days).

Interns may choose from a variety of opportunities and projects (subject to change, as well as approval by academic advisor), including:

Call Number Assignment Projects

  • Generate and assign call numbers for unique library classification system.
  • Learn skills of creating cutter numbers for library items.
  • Identify duplicate items.

Cataloging and Indexing

  • Assist with cataloging and indexing of major works and articles.
  • Check that items in catalog match those on shelf.
  • Run search trials of new catalog to improve searching capabilities.

Duplicate Identification and Organization

  • Assist with checking for duplicate items by searching the online catalog and identifying shelf locations.
  • Manage list of currently available duplicates.

Some Archive projects may also be offered upon request and depending on student requirement needs.

HOW TO APPLY Skills and abilities required: learn quickly and take initiative, be detail oriented, demonstrate excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills, proficiency in basic computer skills. Students should submit the following:

  • Description of potential projects of interest (as described above)
  • Current resume


Library [at] numismatics [dot] org

If deemed qualified for internship, applicants will be contacted for interview. If accepted to the program, students, sponsoring librarian(s) and/or the student’s academic advisor (if required by academic institution) will work together to negotiate terms of the internship and an agreement and plan of action regarding goals and objectives, training program, schedule and methodology for recording work accomplished and evaluation of the intern’s accomplishments.

The American Numismatic Society is an organization dedicated to the study of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present. The Society's headquarters in New York City has the foremost research collection and library specialized in numismatics in the United States. These resources are used to support research and education in numismatics, for the benefit of academic specialists, serious collectors, professional numismatists, and the interested public.
The object and mission of the Society shall be the creation and maintenance of the preeminent national institution advancing the study and public appreciation of coins, currency, medals, orders and decorations, and related objects of all cultures as historical and artistic documents and artifacts; by maintaining the foremost numismatic collection, museum, and library; by supporting scholarly research and publications; and by sponsoring educational and interpretive programs for diverse audiences.

The Society's Library, which houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of numismatic literature, presently numbers some 100,000 items. These include books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, auction catalogs, and microforms, all of which are cataloged.
In addition to numismatic works, the Library includes a strong reference collection and a wide selection of non-numismatic periodicals in the areas of archaeology, art history, economic history and other disciplines.

The Library maintains a core collection of the early works on numismatics as well as the key numismatic references published over the centuries. The Library collections do not have geographical or chronological limitations and many of these works have come from the private numismatic libraries of distinguished numismatists and collectors, including those of Edgar H. Adams, William S. Appleton, Harry W. Bass, David M. Bullowa, John S. Davenport, Archer M. Huntington, Richard Hoe Lawrence, George C. Miles, Edward T. Newell, Daniel Parish and Isaac F. Wood.

Some 267 current periodical titles - many dealing with the related fields of archaeology, economic history, and art history - are received, and 130 dealers regularly send their auction catalogs and fixed price lists to the Library. On average, the Library acquires some 600 books, 200 pamphlets, 800 periodical issues, 350 auction catalogs, and 325 fixed price lists annually. For the past several years, the Library has cataloged approximately 5000 items annually. The Library acquires materials in most formats, including monographs, periodicals, manuscripts, archives, photographs, pamphlets, audio-visual materials, microforms, prints and other works on paper, machine-readable records (online and CD- ROM), and selected memorabilia.

The Society holds a substantial archive of its own records, dating back to its foundation in 1858. In addition, the ANS owns 132 important archives of papers of scholars, collectors and dealers of relevance to the Society’s mission of education in the numismatic field. The records housed in the ANS Archives document the history and development of the Society, its collections, exhibitions, and programs, as well as the contributions of individuals and groups associated with the Society — they are unique and irreplaceable assets.