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The APRL has one of the world's largest and most accessible collections of philatelic literature. Its nearly three miles of shelving contain more than 23,000 book titles and 5,700 journal titles.
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Researchers are welcome to visit the library at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte. For those who cannot travel to Bellefonte, the APRL offers photocopy and scanning services as well as reference assistance by phone and e-mail. APS and APRL members may borrow books directly by mail and non-members may borrow books through interlibrary loan. To learn more about our services and to make a request, view library services.
APRL Grand Opening Event, October 28–29
This year the world’s premiere philatelic library will open to the public. We are celebrating the new American Philatelic Research Library space with a grand opening event October 28–29 at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Make plans to join us today.
Event highlights include: a celebration dinner on Friday, a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, displays, tours, special Saturday hours for the Library and APS departments, a pictorial cancellation, and souvenirs.
Additional details will be announced soon. See our visitors page for hotels and other area information.
Subscribe to the Quarterly Journal
The APRL publishes a quarterly journal, the Philatelic Literature Review. View the current table of contents and on-line articles. This periodical contains indexes and bibliographies, reviews of current philatelic literature, publications in progress, news from the APRL, and “The Clearinghouse,” a forum for subscribers to list literature they want to buy or sell. The basic U.S. subscription is just $18 per year. Other membership levels are available; amounts exceeding the basic subscription fee help to defray the Library's operating costs and are tax deductible. Subscribe today!
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Keep up with the latest news in between issues of the journal by reading the APRL Blog.
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