American Philatelic Research Library

About the Library

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.

Search Our Catalog

Philatelic Union Catalog

Search the David Straight Memorial Philatelic Union Catalog, hosted by the APRL, for your philatelic literature needs. Learn more...

View the Catalog Tutorial

Watch the "APRL Basic Catalog Tutorial" for steps on how to find a book in the library catalog. Learn more about Union Catalog record types.

Library collections


A collection books and journals about stamps and postal history, the history of philately and related subjects like transportation and geography. Learn more...

Tour the collections

Watch a video on the "Library Operations and Resources: A Tour of the Library and Archives."


Subscribe to the Philatelic Literature Review

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!


Learn the Latest

Keep up with the latest news in between issues of the journal by reading the APRL Blog. This online resource provides regular updates on Library events, new resources and tools available through the APRL.

Library Services

Researchers are welcome to visit the library at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte. For those who cannot travel to Bellefonte, the APRL offers reference assistance by phone and e-mail including:


Support the APRL

Learn more about how you can support the APRL and benefit from our tax-exempt status.

APRL Digital Library Link

Digital Library

The APRL maintains a growing library of online materials that are directly available to members. Access to these journals and publications is a benefit of membership in either the APS or the APRL. Click on the APRL Digital logo above to preview materials available. Click here to view more benefits of APS and APRL members and sign up today.

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