Library

National Postal Museum Library
The National Postal Museum Library

The National Postal Museum Library is one of twenty-one specialized libraries in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries system. The National Philatelic Collection was the basis of the Library when it was established in 1993. Now, with more than 40,000 books, journals, catalogues and archival documents, the National Postal Museum Library is among the world's largest postal history and philatelic research facilities.

Please be advised:

  1. Starting July 11th, 2022 the National Postal Museum Library will be open to the public by appointment only, including Open House Saturday (the third Saturday of every month from 10am-4pm). Please email NPMLibrary@si.edu to schedule an appointment.
  2. COVID-19 vaccination is required to visit.
  3. Remember to practice social distancing while in the library.
  4. Masks are not mandatory but highly recommended.