The first date that there is any reference to book or periodical holdings, or,
indeed, mention of a librarian in the list of society officers, is 1903. It has
developed greatly since then following various bequests and generous donors are
still among the biggest contributors to our holdings.
For many, the library is the prime reason for belonging to the National. It is
a superb research facility, whether you just want to skim through the latest
stamp magazine or catalogue, or wish to undertake a lifetime of researching.
New material is being added daily from around the world and it caters for
collectors at every level of the hobby and for those with all types of
philatelic interest, however obscure these may be.
There are an increasing number of multimedia titles, as electronic publishing
takes hold, together with more traditional books, monographs, newspapers,
catalogues, exhibition items and periodicals. These go back as far as the 1860s
when the hobby, whilst still in its infancy, was first becoming organised and
Details of the books,
periodicals and exhibition material held can be readily ascertained by using
the Search Facility on this website.
UK members may borrow by post or obtain photocopies of material (copyright
permitting). Browse the Library catalogues on
line and contact our Librarian on firstname.lastname@example.org
Those who do not have access to
the Internet and wish to "browse the shelves at home" should ask for
a listing of their specific country or theme to be sent to their home free by
for reference and rare or valuable material, National PS members in the UK
may borrow books and most periodicals for up to four weeks with an extension
at the Librarianís decision. Visit the Library or let us know your
requirements by phone, letter or e-mail if you wish to borrow by post.