The Society has an excellent reference library of numismatic literature, with over 16,000 books, periodicals and sales catalogues. It is combined with that of the Royal Numismatic Society and is housed in the Warburg Institute.

Although the Society transitions to a Monday meeting date from January, the Library open day remains as Tuesday, but the opening hours are now from 12 noon to 5pm. Our Librarian, Bradley Shepherd, is seeking to recruit a couple more volunteers to join the roster of invigilators who oversee the Library on Tuesday afternoons, so if you would like to help, and perhaps conduct your own numismatic research at the same time by consulting volumes on our shelves, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.

While all items are for reference only and may not be borrowed, there are facilities within the Warburg Institute to photocopy or scan suitable material.

For enquiries regarding library holdings please contact the Librarian.

                 British Numismatic Society Library  

Here are links to the full list of all the books held in the RNS/BNS Library.  This list is for books only - not periodicals, not auction catalogues and not "Fixed Price Lists".   Also present is a brief guide to the categories and sub-categories (where applicable) - these codes are used in catalogue.   Book sections: A-C, D-P  - these are very large spreadsheets and you will need to use the magnification feature in your pdf reader in order to view the files.

Click here to download a spreadsheet listing periodicals held by the library (as of YE 2022).