The Library is housed
within the library of the Royal Philatelic Society, London (RPSL) at 15
Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW where there is a
comfortable reading room, computer search facilities and permanent staff who
are there to help. Details of the Opening Hours are given below.
main book collection, latest catalogues, current
issues of journals and most recent auction catalogues are available for
items such as rare books or older bound copies of journals will need to be
retrieved from the book-stacks by a member of the library staff. Thus if you
think you will need these you are strongly advised to contact the librarian
prior to your visit. You can then confirm a convenient date and your
required material can be ready when you come. It is not always possible for
book-stack items to be searched for on the day and, in any case, that will
involve you having to waste time waiting (although there is reasonable pub
nearby). Again, all the necessary contact details are given below.
Excepting the above, books may be borrowed and photocopies obtained (subject
to copyright details) – see below for details.
On-line Search database - covering
Books, Periodicals & Exhibition Material (plus Stamp Lover Index and Article
Index) to see what is available. But please remember our database is
constantly being updated, so for the moment even if a particular title
doesn't appear, we may still be able to assist - please
email The Library
or telephone 020 7486 1044
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE –
The library staff of the Royal Philatelic
Society, London, will need to be satisfied that those seeking to borrow
etc are members of the National Philatelic Society. A Member of the National
Philatelic Society using the library in this way, therefore does so on the
understanding that the Royal will seek verification of their membership and
contact details from the National Philatelic Society and that the member is
in agreement to the National Philatelic Society responding to such
Getting to the Library
rooms and the library are at 15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW. This is in the city of London.
The two tube stations nearby are Monument and Bank which are joined
underground. On the surface, they are at opposite ends of King William
Street which is crossed by Abchurch Lane around its mid-point. Cannon
Street tube is also nearby.
is in the short
southern section of Abchurch Lane.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IN ADDITION TO OFFERING A POSTAL
SERVICE, THE LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN TO VISITORS, BUT IT IS STILL NECESSARY TO
MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
NPS members wishing to make an appointment should contact the Library by
phoning 020 7486 1044, quoting your NPS
In most cases the
applicant will be able to get an appointment to visit on the day following
contact or even later on the same day. Wearing a mask is considered necessary.
Appointments are not needed to simply return a book.
library is open 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. It is closed on Bank
Holidays and at weekends, Christmas closing 2021 is from 1pm on Friday 24
December, re-opening at 9am on Tuesday 4 January 2022. It is also not available on those days when the RPSL
holds its members’ meetings, which
over the next few months -
2 & 16 December 2021, 13 & 27 January, 10 & 24 February
and 10 & 24 March 2022..
Borrowing in Person
National Philatelic Society (NPS) members visiting to consult or borrow a
particular item and wishing to ensure it is currently available are advised to
contact the library staff on
or 020 7486 1044.
On visiting the Library the member should present his/her NPS Membership
Number Card and a piece of identification (e.g. driving licence). The
librarian will check that your number appears on the anonymous list of the
current National Philatelic Society membership numbers that is supplied to the
Royal every month.
If this is your first visit you will be asked to
complete a library user registration form.
The NPS Library team remain ready to deal with any general queries or
difficulties and can be contactedby
or by writing to
NPS Library Team c/o Library, Royal Philatelic Society, London, 15
Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW.
NPS members who require a replacement Membership Card
are asked to send a stamped addressed envelope to the Membership
secretary, 10 Gilpin Green, Harpenden AL5 5NR.