About the Friends of the Western Philatelic Library

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.








The mission of the Friends of the Western Philatelic Library is to operate, maintain, and foster the development of the Western Philatelic Library. The WPL is staffed entirely by volunteers who are members of the Friends of the WPL. Other Friends outside of the area — even outside of the USA — contribute time and effort on projects that support the Library’s mission.

In addition to material that belongs directly to the library, WPL plays host to a number of Special Collections that are stored at the library.

Besides organizing a core group of volunteers to staff the Library, the Friends are involved in raising funds and soliciting donations of goods and services to keep our acquisition program going and to provide for the eventual move to larger quarters. Everything from donated books, auction catalogs, philatelic journals (and donated subscriptions to journals) to donated office supplies, furnishings and library supplies are collected through the Friends for the operation of the Library.

The Friends of the Western Philatelic Library is recognized as a “501(c)(3)” organization by the U. S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). All donations are welcome and may be made to The Friends of the Western Philatelic Library in the form of philatelic literature, cash, property, etc. Any donations may be tax deductible to USA residents under prevailing IRS code specifications. Please contact Roger Skinner at the address, e-mail or by phone (details at the foot of the page) to discuss with him the type of donation and amount. A member of the WPL staff will then contact you with specific instructions and details on how the donation should be made. WPL will acknowledge all donations in The Bay Phil, unless otherwise requested, and provide a form detailing the donation with an acknowledgment for you to use when you file your taxes with IRS.









If you would like to support the Library’s mission, please contact Roger Skinner by email or by phone at 650-306-9150.

In addition to operating the Library, the Friends produce a quarterly newsletter to provide our world-wide membership with information about the operation of the Library. The Bay Phil includes articles about philatelic research, book reviews, announcements about Library activities, acknowledgment of donations, listings of surplus publications for sale, listings of available Tear Sheets, and advertising for buy/sell/exchange between members of the Friends of The Western Philatelic Library.

Subscriptions to The Bay Phil are complimentary to Editors of philatelic journals through our Associates Journals Exchange Program. Contact Roger Skinner for more information on exchanging journals. The Bay Phil is one of the benefits of joining the Friends in exchange for nominal dues. Become a member today

Board MembersNameContactTerm of Office
ChairpersonStuart Levensleven@fwpl.org
Vice President - AcquisitionsRoger Skinnerrskinner@fwpl.org
Vice President - MembershipDick Cleverrclever@fwpl.org
SecretaryNestor Nuneznnunez@fwpl.org
TreasurerJo Skinnerjskinner@fwpl.org
DirectorEdward Jarvisedjarvis@fwpl.org
DirectorRoy Teixeriarteixeria@fwpl.org
Editor The Bay PhilBob GordonBayPhilEditor@fwpl.org
WebmasterDavid Moorewebmaster@fwpl.org
BinderyRoy Teixeriarteixeria@fwpl.org

Recent board meeting minutes are available here