American Philatelic Research Library

The American Philatelic Research Library (APRL), based in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, is the largest public philatelic library in the United States.

American Philatelic Research Library
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CountryUnited States
TypeResearch library
EstablishedOctober 1968; 54 years ago (1968-10)
Location100 Match Factory Place
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823

The library serves the needs of the members of the American Philatelic Society (APS) – with which it is closely affiliated and shares premises – and the public. It has more than 21,000 book titles and 5,700 journal titles.[1] Its current 19,000-square-foot (1,800 m2) building opened in 2016.[2]

Legal statusEdit

The library is a public library under Pennsylvania law and is registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are treated as a charitable deduction for the purposes of United States federal income tax.


The library is run by a nine-member Board of Trustees. Each member serves for six years. Three members are elected by the American Philatelic Society membership, three are appointed by the President of the APS and three are elected by the founders and patrons of the APRL.


The library publishes a quarterly magazine, the Philatelic Literature Review, which includes book reviews and other relevant content.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Murray, Tara. "About the Library". APS. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  2. ^ Annarelli, Shawn (August 24, 2016). "World's largest philatelic library opens doors in Bellefonte". Centre Daily Times. State College, Pennsylvania. Retrieved January 27, 2018.

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