How Do I Find Information About Antiques and Collectibles?

Here are some tips about finding information about antiques and collectibles at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library.

Attic Treasures

Once a year, the library holds the Attic Treasures program, which features local and regional collection specialists who identify and evaluate items that the public brings in. Call (225) 274-4440 for more information.

P4A Antiques Reference Database

P4A Antiques Reference Database has information drawn from the fifty leading regional auction houses located throughout the United States, plus other selected specialist auctions. In it, you’ll find pictures of hundreds of antiques and collectibles offered at auction. The sale prices are included and often there are auction notes about the item.

To access p4A Antiques Reference, go to East Baton Rouge Library Online Databases and enter your library card number. Then click on p4Antiques Reference under My Library's Databases.

Print Resources at the Library:

Print resources in the Library can be found under the Dewey Decimal numbers 745.1 for Antiques and 790.132 for Collecting. For more specific information on particular kinds of collectibles, try searching the Library's Online Catalog for the type of collectible, e.g. porcelain, silverware, toys, etc. The subject headings for collectibles follow the form "Dolls–Collectors & Collecting."

Here are some suggested titles: 

The Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide

This pricing guide provides accurate and up-to-date information along with careful descriptions and many photographs for a wide range of collectibles.

The Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price List

This publication is intended for the average collector and reports prices based on actual retail sales. The Kovels also publish a monthly newsletter and many more specialized books on antiques and collectibles.

Miller's International Antiques Price Guide

Useful for the first-time buyer or the professional, this publication offers photographs, price ranges, market developments and collecting advice.


The library has several magazines about antiques and collecting. Check the Library's Online Catalog for availability.

  • Antiques and Collecting Magazine
  • Coin World
  • Country Living
  • Linn's Stamp News
  • Magazine Antiques
  • World Coin News

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