ANS Library Services and Use

ANS_RareBooks_sqService to the Membership and General Public

Those who are able to visit the Library will find that, except for manuscripts, rare books, and some unbound periodicals, much of the collection is arranged on open stacks. This allows visitors to browse freely, although the collections do not circulate and items must always be used on the ANS premises. With the use of the online catalog and assistance from the professional staff, it does not take long for one to learn the arrangement of the collection and to move freely throughout the Library in the course of research.


Scanning and Photocopy services are provided in accordance with the terms of the Copyright Law of the United States. For copy jobs performed by staff, there is a minimum fee of $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Articles longer than 40 pages will follow a fee schedule of $.25 per page for members and $.50 per page for non-members. There is no minimum fee for visitors making their own copies, which are charged at a rate of $.20 per page for members and $.40 per page for non-members. Note that for orders larger than 100 copies, additional fees will apply. Please inquire for details and quotes (generally $10-20 additional per set of 100 exposures).

All payments are to be made in US dollars. Checks must be drawn on US banks. Payment may also be done with credit card (an invoice will be sent via PayPal. You do not need to be a PayPal member to use this service in most countries). Please note also that requests should be limited to brief articles or relevant passages. Items that might be damaged in copying will not be reproduced.

Photography services are also available. Due to the fragile nature of some items, photography is the only available option for reproduction. Fees and restrictions of collection photography apply.

Please contact the librarian for additional details on any of these services or to request a quote for photograph orders. Note that photograph orders are processed digitally, and additional fees may apply for printed formats. Orders are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be answered in 2-4 weeks from receipt of payment (unless rush service is requested, which requires additional fees).

Proper Citation Format

Specifications for citing materials obtained from the ANS

Notice on Copyright Law

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research". If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

The American Numismatic Society supports fair useopen access publishing, Creative Commons, Open Data Commons and the efforts of the Electronic Frontier Foundation but, reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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