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.


Photocopy service is also provided in accordance with the terms of the Copyright Law of the United States. A minimum fee of  $10.00 is charged for photocopy orders. Articles longer than 20 pages will follow a fee schedule of $.25 per exposure and the cost of postage to the recipient. An additional fee of  $5.00 is charged for paper requests larger than standard 8.5x11. 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. Note that for orders larger than 100 copies, additional fees will apply. Please inquire for details and quotes (generally $10 additional per set of 100 exposures). International shipping fees start at $10.00 per order.

Scanning service is also available in accordance with the same terms of the Copyright Law. A minimum fee of $10.00 is charged for the first 20 pages scanned, and $0.25 for each additional page. PDFs will be emailed once the scanning is complete.

Rush service for all copy orders is available and orders will be sent out in 2-3 days from the date that payment is received. An additional $50.00 fee is applied to all rush service requests (for each order of up to 100 pages). Please allow 2-4 weeks for all standard reference services.

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).

Reference services:

For many people who are unable to visit the Society, the Library staff provides reference service through the U.S. mail, email, telephone, and fax. Over 300 such inquiries are handled annually. Questions of a "quick reference" nature will be answered over the phone. Time constraints rule out our doing literature searches for those who do not have specific references. However, where time is required to find the answer to a particular query, certain research fees may apply. Depending on the number of outstanding queries, it may take two weeks or more before you receive a response to your initial inquiry. Photocopies can be emailed or mailed to you at the applicable rates. Please note that the ANS Library does not participate in Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL).

Users are welcome to conduct research during regular business hours. If you are unable to visit the ANS, the staff can conduct more detailed reference searches on your behalf at the reference fee rates. For inquiries that require more than one hour of service, staff will contact you to provide estimates before initiating the research. Additional fees for photocopies are applicable. All orders must be prepaid by check drawn on a U.S. bank or credit card via PayPal. (Please note that there is a $20.00 minimum for credit card payments). If the user is paying by check or money order, such should be made payable to: The American Numismatic Society. FEDERAL TAX ID-135562383. Orders are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and will be answered in 2-4 weeks from receipt of payment. Canceled orders may incur a fee if processing was done prior to cancellation.

Numismatic Literature, the Society's abstract bibliography, which is now also available online, may also be used as a guide to current literature. Most of the items abstracted in Numismatic Literature are acquired by the library.

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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