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Philatelic Collections Development Policy

This is the current collection development policy for Philatelic Collections (operating under the Library's general policy statements on collection development).

The British Library acquires philatelic material by donation, bequest, and transfer from other organisations or by loan. It collects on a world basis with a view to:

  • fill gaps in its existing collections
  • to add material from areas and in subjects not previously held

All such material must add to the research value of the collections and / or be material of importance for exhibition or wider public understanding. Duplicate material is not collected.



Philatelic Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7635
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7780