About the Northwest Philatelic Library
Northwest Philatelic Library was originally established as the Harold Peterson Philatelic Library – the literature repository of the Oregon Stamp Society. In 2003, Northwest Philatelic Library, Inc. was spun off as a separate and distinct legal entity.
NPL is governed and managed by a volunteer Executive Board comprising three officers and four directors at large.
Northwest Philatelic Library is the largest of its type in the Pacific Northwest. Our stacks hold over 5,300 items, some 160 titles of philatelic journals and periodical, and 120+ years of price catalogs.
A significant literature acquisition program is a funding priority. NPL welcomes visitors, and for those who cannot travel to Portland, NPL provides services by mail. We seek and foster collaborations with like-minded nonprofit organizations, such as our working relationship with Youth Stamp Collectors, Inc., recognized and respected for its focus on the educational benefits of philately. Other affiliates include the American Airmail Society and the Pacific Northwest Postal History Society.
Northwest Philatelic Library also offers:
Northwest Philatelic Library does not purchase stamps or provide appraisals. However, every effort will be made to direct parties to appropriate philatelic resources, in support of fair and informed transactions.
Library Check Out
NPL provides check-out privileges to members and to the general public through interlibrary loans. Learn more about our Checkout Policy.
Users requesting photocopies of a periodical should make arrangements with NPL. Photocopies will be made under the following conditions: