Work In the NYU Game Center Open Library

The NYU Game Center hires current NYU undergraduate students every August and January for both the Manhattan and Brooklyn branches of the Open Library.


The Game Center Open Library is a growing collection of over 2,000 digital and non-digital games. The library supports the Game Center’s undergraduate and MFA coursework by promoting game literacy, critical examination of play, and community engagement through hands-on access to the design history of games.

Being a NYU Game Center Open Librarian is a unique opportunity to be at the center of one of the most active collections of games in the world and the growing NYU Game Center community.  Ideal candidates are students who want to think deeply about games and the contexts in which we play them. The job requires librarians to think critically about organizing and preserving games as well as the context in which games are presented in the library space. Librarians have opportunities to add their voice and perspective on games in the form of curating game collections, creating events, exhibitions, and programs, and helping shape the library’s archive system and inventory.


To see what Game Center librarians have done in the past, check out the links to these past curations and teaching session:


Librarians are also the staff for all Game Center events, including world-class game conferences, master classes from today’s leading game designers, jams that bring together the NYC game community, and talks from leading game figures ranging from the Dragon Age creative team to Anita Sarkeesian, and so many more. The Game Center event schedule is a major hub for the game community in NYC, and the Game Center librarian position is a unique opportunity to interact with a diverse array of games, communities, and game industry members.


Basic responsibilities include of the Open Librarians include:

  • Managing the library inventory, keeping equipment, consoles, and collections up to date.
  • Checking in and out games and assisting patrons.
  • Developing programs, events, or exhibitions that help to foster the library and its community.
  • Interfacing with the general public about the classes, programs, events, and general questions.
  • Curating collections of games to be featured in the library.
  • Assisting with both library and general Game Center events.

Job Information:

  • Position is open to NYU undergraduates only. Students from any and all departments majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Librarians typically work in both the Brooklyn and Manhattan branches.
  • Librarians are expected to work around 10 hrs/week, and hours are on a set weekly schedule for each semester.
  • The position is eligible for workstudy, and you can remain in the position after workstudy.

To apply:

Email to receive an application for the position. No resume required.

Hiring occurs at the start of every semester, so the best time to get in touch is early August or early January.