One of the key resources maintained and made available by the Royal Numismatic Society is our numismatic library, jointly owned and maintained by the British Numismatic Society. The joint library is housed in the Warburg Institute, London, and houses around 9000 volumes and periodicals. The library is currently undergoing major changes to improve its accessibility, catalogue its holdings more fully and ensure that all library items are appropriately conserved and protected for future use. There will be regular notifications from June 2018 onwards about new acquisitions to the library, changes to library policy and access and the improvements being made to the usability of this fabulous numismatic resource. To read these, please go to our Notices page.

For all queries, please contact:

Key information

  • From the 01 June 2018 the RNS/BNS Numismatic Library will be a reference library only and it will not be possible to remove/borrow books from the library. To prepare for stock taking, please can members return all borrowed books to the RNS/BNS Numismatic library by 30 June 2018.
  • The library is a valuable resource for our members. We need some additional volunteers to help keep the library open every Tuesday from noon to 17:00. If you can volunteer one Tuesday afternoon every 6-8 weeks at the library please email
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