Library and Office Help

Academy archivist and a library volunteer discuss the work agenda

Library Support

Currently we are not able to take on new volunteers in this area. Keep an eye on this site for future openings.

The Academy Library & Archives houses a world-class collection focused primarily on natural history, biology, systematics, and environmental science. Its holdings include some 200,000 volumes ranging from works published in the 1500s to current serials and scientific publications from all over the world. The library’s collections are used primarily by research staff at the Academy, but other users include Academy members, visiting scientists, historians, artists, graduate students, and people with an advanced interest in the natural world. Depending upon skills and interests, there are a variety of ongoing operations and special projects where volunteers can offer needed support. For those with strong computer skills we can also use volunteers to help with digital imaging of library resources to make them available in databases, web pages, and the online catalog of the library. The library also considersa college students interested in unpaid internships.

Office Help

While openings are limited, volunteers can offer useful support to Academy office staff (Membership and Development, Marketing/Public Relations, Communications, and the Volunteer Office itself) with filing, photocopying, mailings, or more complex office tasks.  Internships for college students or recent grads can be considered in many of these offices.  Internships for college students or recent grads can be considered in many of these offices.

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