News

15.04.2012 - Worldwide network of philatelic libraries in the making
On 2 April, the Royal Philatelic Society London and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum have announced that they are pursuing a partnership with all major philatelic libraries in the world. The

On 2 April, the Royal Philatelic Society London and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum have announced that they are pursuing a partnership with all major philatelic libraries in the world. The aim is to create, in future, a collective platform that can offer the most extensive facilities for philatelic literature research. One of the founding members of the project is the American Philatelic Research Library.

The project has as its goal not only to bring existing resources on one and the same level, but also to offer interested researchers the possibility of doing their work from their own location.

Valuable publications from the 19th Century, like issues of "Stamp Collector´s Magazine, Illustrated" (1865-1874) will be (or have already been) digitized and are also free for consultation without charge. Other sources that are only available in other libraries in original form, will be made available for the public thanks to consecutive partner project

In addition to the three founding members of the project, also other partners have pledged to support the project, currently mainly from Canada and the United States.