Global Philatelic Library

About the Library

The Global Philatelic Library is an initiative to provide a consolidated listing of philatelic publications, archives, museum items etc. held by libraries.

So far 25 libraries have contributed their listings.

By clicking on the APRL or RPSL library logos to the left you will be redirected to the ‘union catalogues’ developed by those organisations to hold copies of holdings for several libraries. Eventually, a free-standing search function / database will be provided.

Not all libraries are held in both databases - see contributing libraries page for more details.

The American Philatelic Research Library

Founding Libraries

The Royal Philatelic Society London (900,000 entries)

The American Philatelic Research Library (300,000 entries)

Smithsonian Libraries National Postal Museum (40,000 entries)

Contributing Philatelic Research Libraries


We are delighted to report that the Global Philatelic Library website was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2014 IPHLA literature exhibition in Germany.

During 2015, four new libraries have joined: