Postal Services and Stamps of Libya
Postal stamps have been in use since Libya was part of the Ottoman Empire. Turkish stamps were used without any overprint showing their origin or locality. Letters with stamps that had been mailed out of the region could only be identified by their return address.

The early local postal outlets were in the form of small agencies that set up shop near international consulates and navigation companies at major ports. Since the services of these outfits were unreliable, Italy established the first main postal outlets in order to ensure some sort of a communication link to its residents in the Ottoman colony in this part of North Africa in 1869.

Italian stamps went into circulation at the beginning of 1909 and were in use until the Italian occupation in 1911. The original stamps had overprinted names of the postal outlets, Tripoli di Barbaria and Benghazi di Barbaria. The name Libia was also overprinted on Italian stamps between 1912 and 1922. Stamps bearing the overprints of Cyrenaica, Fezzan, and Tripolitania were also in use until 1932 when proper stamps of these regions were issued and remained in use until 1936. Italian stamps without any overprint were also in use until 1943.

It was not until independence in 1951 and the unification of the three regions of Libya under the name The United Kingdom of Libya, that stamps commemorating Libyan subjects began to appear in print.

The following stamp collection is divided into two main categories: Pre-independence stamps that were issued by the colonial Italian government, and Post-Independence Libyan stamps. 

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Pre Independence Post Independence
  • 1951 until 1969
  • 1969 until 1977
  • 1977 to present