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Pillar of the Community
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 Posted 02/16/2020  10:24 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Joe2007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Went into the local library a few months ago and found that they had gotten rid of most of their antiques and collectables books. No more books on Art Pottery, Comics, Baseball Cards, Antique Furniture, or Coins/Paper Money. They used to have a small but decent selection of numismatic books including several Redbooks, a book on grading, several books of different popular series, a few books on ancients and world coins, and a few on currency. But not any more since they decided to expand their lounge and community space, they got rid of a large quantity of books and their shelves are not packed anymore. Incredibly disappointing in my opinion since a lot of these books were donated by collectors groups and friends of the library. Sure many were a bit dated but a few year old book coin grading or art pottery isn't going to hurt anyone.

Does your library system have any numismatic books?
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 Posted 02/16/2020  11:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Did you ask if they sold them off or maybe just in storage for a sale in the future?
I'll check my local library (Monday if open) Tuesday and let you know what I find
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 Posted 02/17/2020  05:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All public libraries get rid of books that are not borrowed often. Only national reference libraries keep all of their books but they are in stack and you have to request them.

If they haven't got your request, you may have to wait a week or more, via inter cross library loan, and it will not be available for you take out. You will have to find what you need in the requested book, and copy from it selected information, if your allowed. Depends on current copyright.

In the last decade or so, public libraries also have trended to have considerably greater access to the Internet.
If you can get free access, still go to the public library, and make good use of their keyboards, and you will find all of the popular numismatic references that you would be looking for.


I have about 200 specialist numismatic books and numismatic research papers, which I make good use of.
If I want more specific and detailed numismatic information, I go to a leading specialist numismatic auctioneer, who has an internationally respected reputation.
The library owned by the auctioneer has around 10,000 specialist numismatic books, and I guess that it would be in the top 5 of the largest specialist numismatic reference libraries in the World.
Have to make a day trip there, if I am desperate enough to need to find the numismatic information I may be looking for.

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02/17/2020 05:32 am
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 Posted 02/17/2020  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Silver101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The Toronto Public Library system, which is insanely good, maintains a sizeable numismatics collection. To the point of some serious arcana.... they have a copy of the 1888 bylaws of the Montreal Numismatic and Antiquarian Society for example... You can't find coin books at most of the local branches but they have a very efficient interbranch sharing system that makes it possible to get whatever you need. Many of the reference-type books are also available at the central Toronto Reference Library.

We're lucky here in Hogtown...
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 Posted 02/17/2020  1:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
By me the public Library is cutting down on all kids of books. This is sort of due to the internet. Why should they keep any books if people can either download them or read them on line.
I asked at my local Library if they wanted any of my books. I used to have a lot of books due to at one time being quite a book collector. They told me to just throw them out since that is what they are doing. What a shame since so many are still sort of modern. Old books on auto repair, how to grow indoor plants, some numismatic books, gardening, etc. I also asked at the local Salvation Army Store and was told basically the same thing. No one wants them.
just carl
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