The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has announced that it will resume lending to association members from the Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library. The library has effectively been closed for a year as the association took measures to protect staff and members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the shutdown last year was so quick that those who had books and materials on loan from the library were asked to keep it for several months. Members were informed of the opening via email from the Association this week.
The reopening of the library will be limited and will begin today. The ANA is asking the members be patient as turn-around times will be slower than usual. This is due to the continued limitations of on-site staff.
For those not familiar with the Manley Numismatic Library, it is the largest numismatic focused lending library in the world. It contains over 128,000 books, auction catalogs, periodicals, and DVDs.
Here is the statement sent to ANA Members about the resumption of lending.
Lending and copying services from the ANA’s Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library will resume on a limited basis beginning March 18. (The library has been closed for COVID precautionary measures.) We ask patrons for their patience as turn-around times will be slower than usual while the ANA continues working with reduced on-site staffing.
Members can access the world’s largest numismatic lending library and its more than 128,000 books, auction catalogs, periodicals and DVDs. The library features resources and materials including but not limited to coins, paper money, tokens, medals, military orders and decorations, and stocks and bonds. There are also volumes on collecting in general, economics, and banks and banking.