Library Interns (Summer 2019 and Fall 2019)


The Center for Fiction is looking for current MLIS students for a summer internship beginning in June, or fall internship beginning in September. This is an unpaid position but can be taken for school credit.


Interns will help maintain the Center's fiction library and gain experience in original and copy cataloging of materials, circulation, weeding, reference, readers advisory, and hands-on work with our circulating and nineteenth-century collection. In addition, interns will get experience working in a special, membership library in support of a non-profit arts organization.


This internship requires a minimum commitment of two five-hour shifts per week with a maximum of 20 hours per week. All interns will receive a free year’s membership to the Center for Fiction (a value of $150), which includes borrowing privileges and discounts on classes and book and café purchases. 


Interested candidates should email the head librarian Allison Escoto at with a copy of their resume and cover letter. Please put “internship” in the subject line of the e-mail. No phone calls, please.


The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of the Center for Fiction is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment.


Our new location in downtown Brooklyn is ideally situated among other cultural institutions and can provide an enriching and educational internship in many aspects of librarianship.





Tender Baristas, or rather Barista Bartenders

The Center for Fiction is looking to hire a dynamic group of service people to barista and bartend a bustling cafe in The Center’s bookstore. Across the street from BAM, the cafe will feature a limited and well curated selection of baked goods made in Brooklyn, as well as a small selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer. This will be a fun work environment and our main requirements include an interest in food as well as literature, a passion for customer service, and a willingness to develop and learn new skills. Barista experience a plus, but not necessary. Having a food handler’s license coveted. Make coffee and cocktails, all the while surrounded by books. 

Job Requirements: customer service is fun; a desire to learn and grow with the project; interest in craft and product knowledge; must have a favorite book!


This is a part time position; salary dependent on experience. To apply email




The Center for Fiction is an equal opportunities employer and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.