The library provides opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn
about postal history and stamps with the aid of the library, computers
and stamp collections from Sweden and other Nordic countries.
Here you can find everything from databases, multimedia and
Internet to books, pictures and maps. The library has a large
collection of literature on philately and postal history.
Three multimedia programmes have been produced by the Museum
in order to provide attractive and informative descriptions
of postal history and stamp collecting. Other multimedia programmes
show postage stamps from different parts of the world.
The computers in the library can search the Museum's databases,
which contain visual material and descriptions of objects, historical
pictures and letters, together with 25,000 photographs, prints,
drawings and paintings. A special computerised library catalogue
is available and can retrieve nearly 40,000 titles.
The philatelic library is one of the biggest of its kind
in the world, and Sweden's only public library specializing
in philately and postal history.
The library was founded in 1944 through the acquisition of
Nils Strandell's philatelic library of 15,000 volumes. The
library is constantly growing through acquisitions and donations
of literature on philately and postal history from all parts
of the world.
The library consists of more than 51,000 volumes including
general handbooks, monographs and catalogues. There are also
periodicals. The library subscribes to 180 journals from all over the world.
The library offers ample space, where both individual researchers
and groups can study their own special field, using catalogues (in
book form or multimedia), reference literature and the Internet.
Questions? Tel. +46-10-436 4482