Whether you are looking for a specific, obscure work, or just a browse to get more familiar with the literature, try your local public or university library, and their interlibrary loan service. The organizations below lend books by mail, or are open for browsing. If you know of others with good coverage of world numismatics, please advise .
American Numismatic Society 75 Varick Street New York, NY, USA
Walk-in only. Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 - 4:30, Monday by appointment. (Best to call first: 212 571 4470x170)
Catalog current to 1997: Dictionary and Auction Catalogues of the Library of the American Numismatic Society, published by G. K. Hall & Co., available at some public libraries. To search their library:
American Numismatic Association Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Walk-in or lends by mail to members. Borrower pays postage & insurance both ways. Request by catalog number. Large catalog issued 1977, Supplement 1985; online catalog HERE
Numismatics International Library at Colebrook, NH
Lends by mail to members. Catalog online at club website. For membership details query firstname.lastname@example.org
International Banknote Society Colo Springs, CO, U.S. A. & Czech Republic
Maintains separate libraries in Europe and U.S. Lends by mail to members. Borrower pays postage & insurance both ways. Request by catalog number. Latest catalog issued 1991. See website http://www.collectpapermoney.com/ibns.html for membership information.
The Missouri Numismatic Society built up an excellent library on world numismatics. It has been acquired by Washington University's new Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, located
near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays;
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The museum is closed Tuesdays and university holidays. For more
information, call (314) 935-9595.
Also, contact Michael Pfefferkorn, the buyer for MNS, who has an excellent library which is available as part of his numimatic consulting business: email@example.com, or 314-832-6462
Chicago Chicago Coin Co. at 6455 W Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60638 (773) 586-4296 DIRECTIONS has an excellent library for world numismatics which is available by appointment to store visitors. Contact owner Bill Burd: firstname.lastname@example.org
Europe & Elsewhere
Please let me know of numismatic libraries, especially if they will lend books by mail, or if they have a good collection of references on Asian / African numismatics
The Cabinet des Mˇdailles of the Royal Library in Brussels holds one of the finest collections of numismatic books in the world. The collection can be consulted on-line at : http://www.kbr.be; go to "Catalogues connectes". Information about opening hours can be found under
"Departements et collections" and then under "Cabinet des Mˇdailles"
The National Bank of Belgium has a good museum on the history of money. Information can be found at http://www.nbb.be, then "Museum."
The Numismatic Bibliomania Society's GENERAL NUMISMATIC BIBLIOGRAPHY is online at http://www.coinbooks.org (click on BIBLIOGRAPHY).
Jim Farr's numismatic bibliography, catalog of an extensive private library of world numismatic literature, with critical comments, can be viewed here, or downloaded in pdf format here.. He is also maintains a page where anyone may list wants for titles on Indian and Islamic numismatics
ABIA Index (online and in print annotated bibliographic database) on South Asian and
Southeast Asian art, archaeology and numismatics): www.abia.net./ Search by keywords or by classification e.g. 2.3.11 (2=South Asia; 3=India, 11=numismatics); 2.1=Bangladesh; 2.2=Bhutan; 2.3=India; 2.4=Nepal; 2.5=Pakistan; 2.7=Sri Lanka; 2.8=Maldives. You can also search by title (or partial), author's name, isbn, etc. or use keywords related to dynastic names (Guptas, Mauryas), types of coins (punch-marked coins), place or site names, etc. Questions: email@example.com
Searching Library of Congress Catalog: http://catalog.loc.gov/
Click the search button labeled "Guided Keyword".
Enter an ISSN or ISBN in the search field, then click the "Search" button. Any matches will be displayed. Note: hyphens MUST be included in ISSN search statements, but MUST NOT be included in ISBN search statements. For example, ISSN 0192-3757 should be entered as "0192-3757" when searching. ISBN 0-8211-1509-x should be entered as "082111509x".