The Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library is an educational and literary organization that has been established to promote and facilitate the pursuit of stamp collecting as a hobby at all levels. Our bylaws can be found here.

The Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library had its beginnings in 1993 with the donation of a storefront by Dave Capra, rent free. Some members of the original group put up the necessary money for shelves, desks, tables and chairs. On August 1, 1993 we opened for business near South Peoria and Parker Road in Aurora. While we were getting rent-free space, we still hoped to have our own space. A little over a year later we had to move into another unit next door (less than 1/2 the size of the original unit). At this point we started looking quite seriously for a building that we could buy. About six months later, that unit was also rented out, and we began intensively seeking a new location.

We finally settled on the building at 2038 So. Pontiac Way. It was in a good neighborhood, had a cement slab floor and it had about 3300 sq. ft. of space, but it was a mess - dark and damp. That is why we could afford it. After installing a new roof, we started to work on the interior - painting, cleaning, taking out several small rooms, putting up wall board, remodeling the dropped ceiling, and working on the electrical scheme. All of this was done by volunteer labor, except for the new carpeting. On August 3, 1996 we reopened for business in our own building. We won't go into how we did the financing, but we paid off the loans in seven years - eight years ahead of schedule!

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Those of us who are actively involved in the RMPL are proud of what has been accomplished. We are an all-volunteer organization. With about 70-75 volunteers who operate the RMPL, 25 of whom keep the doors open 6 days per week as our front desk volunteers. Our hours are 10 - 4 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursdays we are open from 2 - 8pm. We are closed on Sundays and all Federal holidays.

Generous philatelists from around the country have donated almost everything in the two buildings of the Library, as well as to the gardens. We thank each and every one of them. The Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library has 501 (c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. We are a public charity and donations to the RMPL are considered a charitable deduction on Federal Income Tax forms. The RMPL is supported by over 500 members and by donations of funds and materials.

The Sales Division, headed by RMPL volunteer Howard Benson, is a vital part of our fundraising activities. Howard supervises about 20 volunteers who help sort donations of collections and prepare them for sale. We have a sales section in the library that is broken down into categories:

  • 5¢ books, stamps that catalog up to 50¢
  • 10¢ books, stamps that catalog up to $1
  • Priced as Marked books, stamps that catalog up to $20
  • Covers, postcards, FDCs, postal history
  • Topicals, neatly arranged by topic

Another integral part of the library has grown with the stamp program. Currently under the direction of Board member David Weisberg, the RMPL's auction division has grown from its humble start in 1995 to a smoothly operating silent auction held at the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show each May, and a large lots/bulk lot auction held in October of each year. Together, these auctions raise nearly $50,000 in revenue for the RMPL, with amounts anticipated to increase as David and other volunteers are able to cull out and categorize increasingly expensive donations to the Library.

A publications program, under the direction of President Lugo has evolved at the RMPL over the last decade. Its products, thus far, have received wide praise and recognition. The first book (produced in 2008, and written by Sergio): Camp Genter won gold medals at the three national literature competitions in which it was entered. The second hardback publication (produced in November 2010, and written by past president Ron Mitchell) popularly known as the Denver Eagles, also earned three gold medals at national literature competitions.

One of the most active groups meeting at the library every third Saturday from 9:30-noon is the Metro Denver Young Stamp Collectors Club. Four adult volunteers keep the kids interested and challenged. This work spills over to every local stamp show where a youth table is provided. The RMPL provides materials for use at all of those booths.

We offer assistance to persons who have "inherited" stamp collections helping them to find the best way to dispose of the collections.

We are a philatelic research library and try to help the individual collector.

We truly are the Philatelic Center of the Rocky Mountain region... Stop by for a visit! We think you will be surprised.

  • The view just inside the front door of the library As one walks through the door of the RMPL the first thing you see are rows of shelves loaded with books. A turn to the right and you see an "L" shape counter and a registration book.
  • Several library patrons and volunteers are gathered around the front counter After you have signed the register you turn around and see the computer station where the user can search for books of interest - just like using the old card catalog, only better. A turn to the right and you will see six filling cabinets.
  • The RMPL's computerized card catalog (lower left) and mailboxes To the immediate left are our patron computer for accessing the RMPL's on-line catalog (a task that can also be done from home by entering our RMPL webpage) and mailboxes, salvaged from the Alcott Post Office in Denver.
  • Thomas Crane takes a look in the clipping files These hold our "Clipping Files" which contain thousands of articles clipped from newspaper type philatelic publications, all filed alphabetically by subject.
  • A volunteer shows how easy it is to move the shelves in the back room These shelves, and the adjacent corridor, hold the 1400+ periodical titles of the RMPL, which are on our online catalog. The back room alone has 1/3 as much shelf space as the entire main room. This is because it has compact shelving on rails, the same as you may have seen in some libraries, or doctors or lawyers offices. Here you will also find dozens of slide shows available for stamp club meetings in the Denver area and a section of philatelic related videotapes. . At the other end of the back hallway, you come to a small room where we have a refrigerator, microwave, stove, sink, the all important coffee maker, and counters and draws with supplies for the conduct of philatelic research
  • A wide angle wide view of the reading area. Stamps for sale are in shelves that line the wall on the left. Along the exterior wall to the left, is our massive stock of stamps, covers and supplies that are for sale to the public. These have been donated to the RMPL, and culled by 16 volunteers to appeal to different collecting tastes and needs of the RMPL. On the right side are our post office boxes, used for delivering material to various members of the RMPL. Those mailboxes were donated to the RMPL in 1995 by then Denver Postmaster Perez. In the first stacks opposite the mailboxes is where you will find worldwide catalogs, followed by country specific catalogs. At this point begins our book holdings of over 10,000 manuscripts. These have been cataloged and are arranged in Dewey Decimal order and extend for the next four. Following these books we have a shelf section specifically for topical collectors. Those are followed, in turn, by the beginnings of our periodicals shelving, housing more than 1,400 different periodical publications, with more than 100,000 issues. Those periodicals extend along the back wall, into the rear corridor, and into the movable shelves of the redesigned back storage room.
  • Volunteer librarian Ellengail Beuthel is probably the most important person at the RMPL. It is likely there would not be a library without her help the last two decades. In the front of the library on the right as you enter is the Librarian's office where we have the master computer and where many of our records are kept. Ellengail Beuthel has been the RMPL's Librarian since its inception, designing and developing the RMPL's unique Dewey Decimal system for its holdings; the holdings catalog, and the subject index catalog with its 1200 headings, the most extensive subject listings for philately in the U.S.
  • The two buildings of the RMPL, with the new formal garden in the forefront, designed by RMPL member and master gardener Tonny VanLoij. RMPL members Steve Nadler and Jeff Modesitt did the exterior pain The availability of the property at 2048 S. Pontiac Way was presented to President Lugo in late July 2009. A number of meetings were held to study the purchase of 2048 S. Pontiac way. Four areas of concern were addressed. These included: A. A 1,200 square foot meeting room on the upper level
  • Scouts on Stamps Society International seminar, held at the RMPL as part of a national convention held at the Rocky Mountain Stamp Show The front of 2048 S. Pontiac Way became the RMPL's new meeting room. This was the Library's most pressing need, and was more than adequately addressed by the 2048 S. Pontiac Way property. Since its purchase, the meeting room has served a variety of purposes, relieving considerably the congestion that was frequently the case at 2038. Modern, up-to-date projection equipment has been installed for programs by the numerous clubs using the meeting room. In the room is the supply closet for the Metro Denver Youth Club. An additional room provides storage for video equipment, and a marvelous display counter (donated by Porter Memorial Hospital) provides a work counter and display cabinet for showing many of the RMPL's collection of historic philatelic documents and artifacts.
  • Kids from the Denver Metro Youth Stamp Club Don Dhonau gives a lesson to some children at a meeting of the Denver Metro Youth Stamp Club, which meets in the room on a regular basis.
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