Fales Grad Assistant Position

Graduate Assistant, Fales Library & Special Collections

The Fales Library & Special Collections seeks highly motivated graduate students to assist in the day-to-day operations of the library. Fales student staff receive extensive training in the handling and description of books, archives and manuscripts, and multimedia materials. The experience gained at the Fales Library will benefit you in advanced graduate studies and academic research, and present career options in the humanities. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of cultural and literary studies; gender/performance studies; history; contemporary visual arts; or archival or library practice.

The Fales Library, comprising nearly 200,000 volumes and over 7,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, houses both the Fales Collection of rare books and manuscripts in English and American literature and the general special collections from the NYU Libraries. The bulk of the collection documents the history of the novel in English, particularly the British novel of the 19th century. Other strengths include the Downtown Collection which documents the downtown New York art and literary scenes from 1975 to the present, and the Food and Cookery Collection which documents the evolution of 20th century American cuisine and food practices, with a particular focus on the food habits and activities of New York City. The Fales Library preserves manuscripts and original editions of books that are rare or important not only because of their texts, but also because of their value as artifacts.

To learn more about the collections, please consult our web site:


Job responsibilities:

Assisting patrons with library catalogues and finding aids. Monitoring the reading room and enforcing library policies and procedures in a secure environment. Paging, shelving, and processing rare books. Packing, sorting and processing donations of books and manuscript materials. Assisting with the processing of archival materials. Assisting Fales librarians and archivists with exhibitions, event planning, and special research projects. Other duties as assigned.


NYU Graduate students only. Applicants must be registered for a minimum of 3 credits to be eligible for employment. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a commitment to public service required. Applicants should demonstrate ability to follow detailed instructions regarding the handling and care of rare and fragile materials. Ability to work comfortably in a complex, dynamic work environment. Knowledge of basic word processing and database programs in a PC environment required.

Hours and Salary:

Fall/Spring Semesters: 20 hours/week, $13/hour Summer: 35 hours/week, $13/hour

The Fales Library is open from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Thursday, and 9 AM to 5 PM on Fridays. Summer Hours: Mon – Fri 10AM to 6PM

To Apply:

Submit a resume and cover letter to fales.library@nyu.edu. Your cover letter should include your anticipated graduation date; contact information for three references; and confirmation that you are registered for at least 3 credits.

Lisa Darms
Senior Archivist
The Fales Library and Special Collections

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017


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