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"To maintain, preserve and conserve the Library as a major resource of philately; available and accessible to 
National Philatelic Society members and to serve as an aid to scholarship
"

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 2020. 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 maintains a library team to assist members, in case of difficulty.

 

IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE THE LIBRARY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO VISITORS AS A RESULT OF THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY.


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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.

   Visiting the Library and Borrowing Items
  

 
 Library Opening Hours
 
 
 Thematic Subject Headings

  
 
 On-line Search database - Books, Periodicals & Exhibition Material
           (plus Stamp Lover Index and Article Index)

     
Additional Catalogue Service

IMPORTANT – SUBJECT TO CURRENT CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS, THIS CATALOGUE SERVICE IS STILL OPERATING FROM SUTTON, SURREY, WITH BORROWING BY POST NOW AVAILABLE.

THE SATURDAY MEETINGS AT PHOENIX CENTRE ARE CURRENTLY CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY.

The standard catalogues published by Stanley Gibbons, specialised catalogues for Great Britain and offshore islands and a few other catalogues including Michel, Barefoot UK Revenues and British Commonwealth Revenues are also held by the Hon. Secretary in Sutton, Surrey,

Consulting the Catalogues
- By prior appointment they may be consulted in Sutton, Surrey.

Borrowing
- Catalogues may be borrowed by prior arrangement either in person from Sutton or via National Philatelic Society Saturday meetings.They may also be borrowed by post, subject to the following
- Borrower to pay Postage both ways
- Maximum borrowing period of 4 weeks (akin to gap between Meetings).
- When returning items, the borrower must obtain Proof of Posting with the receipt to be separately sent to Sutton by post or as an email scan.

Some individual sectional catalogues will go as Large letters, but most will need to go by 2nd class small parcels. Due to weight limits, borrowing of Stamps of the World volumes or Stanley Gibbons “Part One” may be impractical by post.


“Look up Service”
We aim to assist members’ by responding to requests to “look something up” in a catalogue, provided the request is straightforward and concise. The Secretary’s own commitments mean that on occasion an immediate response may not be possible.

National PS Members wishing to use the above services or requiring more information as to what is available should contact the Hon. Secretary by email Catalogue facility.
















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