Description: Description: Description: FranklinWestern Philatelic Library
Open Access to Knowledge

Benjamin Franklin:  First Postmaster in North America; Originator of the Lending Library; First Person on a United States Stamp

Operated by

Friends of the Western Philatelic Library, Inc.

Sunnyvale, California USA ● Founded 1969● APS Chapter 836


Postal Address

Friends of The Western Philatelic Library, Inc.

Post Office Box 2219

Sunnyvale, CA 94087-2219

Email:  Western Philatelic Library


Physical Site  

Western Philatelic  Library at 3004 Spring Street

Redwood City, California, 94063



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Hours of Operation *


Noon - 5:00PM


5:00PM - 9:00PM


9:00AM - 5:00PM/7:00PM - 9:00PM


Noon - 5:00PM

and by appointment

Description: Description: Description: telephone  (650) -306-9150

*Important: Before visiting the Western Philatelic Library Please contact us and make sure that the Library will be open!  This is a volunteer organization and we regret that we cannot guarantee staff will always be available at the hours posted above!  We thank you for your patience!




Thank you for visiting the home page of the Friends of the Western Philatelic Library. The site provides information about the Library and the Friends of Western Philatelic Library, which administers the library as a benefit to the philatelic community and the public at large.

To find out how to borrow a book, click here.

The Mission of the Western Philatelic Library

The Western Philatelic Library exists to enhance the preservation and dissemination of philatelic knowledge by acquiring, organizing , interpreting and distributing information resources in a globally networked community.

Our Commitments:

         to build and conserve a world class collection of printed, electronic and other media;

         to support, extend and enrich the pursuit of knowledge and enjoyment through stamp collecting;

         to provide access and support for beginners, hobbyists, specialists, writers, and postal historians;

         to promote knowledge through public educational events and displays; and

         to collaborate and cooperate with other libraries and philatelic groups throughout the world.

Our Vision Statement

We will be recognized as setting the standard for providing a responsive and convenient gateway to philatelic knowledge.

Our entire library catalog is available on computers at our location. One of our major projects is to make the library catalog available from our website for browsing and research purposes as well as to facilitate loans of the library materials by patrons of the library.

Such projects take funds and a lot of people working together.  We are always prepared to welcome new volunteers to help with the work of the library.  If you are interested in joining us to advance the Mission of the Library, please contact Stuart Leven, Chair of Friends of the Western Philatelic Library , or call the Library at 650-306-9150.

For More Information:

         About the Friends of the Western Philatelic Library

         About the History of the Library  

         About the Library's Collections and Policies

         About Philatelic Research Resources and Examples of our Holdings at the Library

         About WPL on EBay and Books for Sale

         About Membership in the Friends of the Western Philatelic Library

         About Our Associates -- Philatelic Societies that Support the WPL

         About Recent Articles and Book Reviews from The Bay Phil

         About Supporting the Library (Under Construction)

To find out how to borrow a book, click here.

Officers and Members of the Board


Stuart Leven

Vice President - Acquisitions

Roger Skinner

Vice President - Membership

Dick Clever





Jo Skinner






Edward Laveroni


Pierre Hahn




Roger Skinner


Dick Clever

Editor The Bay Phil

Richard M. Hanchett



Minutes of Past Board Meetings

Links to Related Sites

This page was last updated on: 16th February 2014