Visit Toronto’s HSPL during this year’s Royal

he Harry Sutherland Philatelic Library (HSPL) at the Toronto-based Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation invites all attendees of Royal*2019*Royale to spend a day at the library this June!

The HSPL aims to support the work of the Greene Foundation and philately in Canada by:

  • providing a comprehensive collection of items relating to British North American and Canadian philately;
  • providing an up-to-date collection of items relating to expertizing, frauds and forgeries; and
  • supporting the basic needs of the Canadian philatelic community with definitive works on important collecting areas and the most recent general catalogues.

What’s more, the HSPL is noted for:

  • the best British North America reference collection in the world;
  • a significant collection of early Canadian philatelic journals in OCR searchable format;
  • a comprehensive collection of Canadian auction catalogues;
  • historical runs of selected auction catalogues;
  • research collections from important Canadian philatelists; and
  • historical collection of prospectuses for international and Canadian stamp exhibitions.

Altogether, the library’s collection holds more than 10,000 items, including nearly 7,000 books and 600 journals plus much, much more.

“Let me give you some more examples of why you might want to visit our library: Be welcomed. Feel at ease. Share what you know. Hear what others have to say. Exchange information, or items. Make plans. Make bigger plans. Discuss. Collaborate. Browse the latest magazines or journals,” says reference librarian Kathy Hartley. “Know what book you require and pull it off the shelf. Take it home. Ask for help. Question. Watch excitement happen. Be a part of an incredible thing.”

Hartley is inviting all philatelists, postal historians and general researchers who are planning to attend the Royal Convention this June 21-23 to make some time to visit the HSPL, which is located at 10 Summerhill Ave., less than a one-hour drive from the show venue, the Hilton Mississauga.

“Book a day ahead of or following the convention and use the GO bus, with the stop conveniently located directly across the street from the hotel, to travel into Toronto. From its terminus at either the Union or York Mills subway station, we’re just a few stops away at Summerhill.”

The library’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. It will also open its doors Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., coinciding with the nearby North Toronto Stamp Club Summer Bourse. It’ll also extend its hours on Wednesday, June 26, when it will remain open until 7 p.m.

The HSPL is also available for use by appointment, and its catalogue is searchable via greenefoundation.ca.

To sign up for the library’s Friends of the Harry Sutherland Newsletter and receive the latest updates, email library@greenefoundation.ca or call 1-416-921-2073.

For more information, contact library@greenefoundation.ca.

We look forward to your visit!

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