14.11.2016 - American Philatelic Research Library finds a new home
(lsn) One of the largest philatelic libraries in the world, the American Philatelic Research Library, has recently moved from its temporary quarters to a handsome new home. The library can now be found in the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, a reconverted former match factory that houses the headquarters of the American Philatelic Society (APS). The library – which covers 19,000 square feet and is an unparalleled resource for stamp collectors and postal historians - opened officially on 29 October, with a festive dinner the night before and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the official opening date. The two-story library contains more than 23,000 book titles and 5,700 journal titles. This treasure is now safely settled, in a quiet and comfortable environment. The brick structural elements of the old factory are still visible; the building has been carefully restored.
Researchers are welcome to visit and take advantage of the comfortable study desks. There is a scanning centre which makes it possible to copy and story information digitally. Books and periodicals from the 19th century up until the newest releases are neatly stored for easy access. Additional items are kept in closed stacks, but library staff are available to help locate these materials when needed. The library holdings can be searched online with public access computers on either floor, or visitors’ own devices.