Over many years the NPS Library has offered a
superb research facility to its members, whether you just wanted to skim
through the latest stamp magazine or catalogue, or to undertake a lifetime of
researching. The aim being to cater for collectors at every level of the hobby
and for those with all types of philatelic interest, however obscure these may
be. Holdings of journals go back as far as the 1860s when the hobby, whilst
still in its infancy, was first becoming organised and written about.
In 2019 the decision was
taken to transfer the stock of the National Philatelic Society library, then
based in Berkshire, to the Royal Philatelic Society (RPSL) at their new
premises in the City of London at 15 Abchurch Lane, London
EC4N 7BW. The transfer took place during
This gives NPS members improved access to the books and journals at a site
that is much easier to visit, whilst borrowing by post is still available.
Subject to copyright, copies of extracts from books and journals can also be
obtained by arrangement with the professional staff at the RPSL and the NPS
to assist members, in case of difficulty.
THE LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO VISITORS AS A RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY.
However postal book loans and scanning are now available, and members may
collect (or return) a book without entering the building but only after first
telephoning the library, stating the title and author of the book and agreeing
a date and time on which the member will collect or return the book.