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Internships & Volunteering

Poets House depends on the help of volunteers and interns for a variety of staffing needs, including shelving and library maintenance, reference questions, book processing, editing, proofreading and correspondence. Volunteers work a minimum of four hours per week; interns between eight and twenty hours. Assigned responsibilities depend on prior experience, skills and commitment.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send your resume to the attention of Mike Romanos,, with a cover letter stating your area of interest and the hours you are available to work.

Read about our team of Summer 2015 Interns here

Volunteering and Interning in the Reed Foundation Library at Poets House

Library-specific internships and volunteer opportunities offers hands-on experience in a special collection library, access to our extensive collection of rare items, and an opportunity to attend programs and lectures offered by Poets House. Volunteers and interns are generally scheduled for a minimum five-hour shift, sometime during our regular hours.

Tasks include but are not limited to:
• cataloging new donations and backlog of journals, books and multimedia
• updating catalog records
• special cataloging projects
• writing thank you letters for donations, shelving, and other general library maintenance
• shelf checking
• answering reference questions
• researching new poetry titles for our annual exhibition, the Poets House Showcase
• occasionally giving brief tours of our space

• experience with Koha and OCLC Connexion (preferred)
• working knowledge of MARC
• friendly open personality
• appreciation or love of poetry

Poets House has a small staff, and an intern’s responsibility is on par with that of a full time staff member. Only interested candidates need apply. This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Candidates are invited to send resumes to Reginald Harris, with a cover letter stating your area of interest and the hours you are available to work.

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Holiday Hours

CLOSED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26th; OPEN Friday, November 27th and Saturday, November 28th.
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Library & Reading Room
Tues–Fri, 11:00am–7:00pm
Sat, 11:00 am–6:00pm

Children’s Room
Thur–Sat, 11:00–5:00pm

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The Poet by Trevor Winkfield

Current Exhibition

September 29, 2015 to January 09, 2016

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