ASF Home Library of the Australian Speleological Federation Inc.

The Australian Speleological Federation Inc. maintains an extensive collection of caving and caving related literature, as well as being the repository for the Federation's Archives. The collection includes books, journals and magazines, club journals and publications, maps, posters, artwork, postcards, photographs and memorabilia.

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The physical contents of the ASF Library are held at North Wyong NSW. Access to the Library is available to all ASF club members on request to the Librarian or a member of the ASF Executive. The resources of the Library are there to use and everything except archive, reference and rare material is available for loan. Due to the ASF having member clubs all over Australia, an effort is being made to provide as much electronic access to the Library holdings as possible, and the Library would like to thank Rod OBrien from SUSS for donating an enormous amount of digital material to the ASF. Links can be found in catalogue entries where an item is available to view online. Some material will only be available to ASF members and you will need to log in to access this online (though we are still working on the login feature). The current ASF Librarian is Cathi Humphrey-Hood. Please see the "About" section of this wesbite for more details about accessing material.

I you have any questions about the Library, you can contact the Librarian at

Dirk Stoffels from CSS has built a multimedia index to help with finding DVD, video and photograph holdings while cataloguing is taking place:

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Latest News

Vol.51 No.1 of the International Journal of Speleology was published online in January 2022.

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The journal is open access, and the January issue contains an article by Rolan Eberhard:

Low impact sampling of speleothems – reconciling scientific study with cave conservation,
by Claire L.V. MacGregor, John C. Hellstrom, Jon D. Woodhead, Russell N. Drysdale, and Rolan S. Eberhard, International journal of Speleology, 2022-01-01, Vol.51 (1), p.1-11

The Explorers Journal is the official quarterly publication of the Explorers Club, and it is highly regarded for high quality journalism, beautiful photographs and excellent presentation. The two most recent issues are no exception, and include articles on "Underwater Caves of the Kalahari" (3D mapping the largest subterranean lakes in the world), "Courting A Restless Goddess"  (a brief account of the Nepalese earthquake in April 2015 by a climber who was trapped above an avalanche), and "Magnificent Obsession" (about a century of British climbing in the Himalaya). The ASF Library receives hard copies of the Explorers Journal and the latest two issues have just turned up in the PO Box. If you would like to look through them, please contact the Librarian.


Although the 32nd Biennial ASF Conference at Ceduna has been postponed, we still intend to set up a "library reading corner" in 2023, with a selection of titles for attendees to browse through - so if you are coming to the conference and there are things in the Library that you would particularly like to read, have a look through the catalogue and let the Librarian know if there is anything that appeals to you.

In the meantime, we are hoping to present some talks through the ASF where we'll be describing how the library is set up, what is in it, and how to find it.

Items recently received (digital format unless otherwise marked):

KSS Trog Vol.57 March-April 2022
JSSS Vol.66 No.4 April 2022
Caves Australia 219 March 2022 (hardcopy)
E-Speleo 2022 No.1
JSSS Vol.66 No.03 March 2022
Der Frankische Hohlenspiegel Vol.64 November 2021 (hardcopy only)
Journal of the Speleological Society of Japan Vol.45 December 2020 (hardcopy only)
Journal of the Speleological Society of Japan Vol.44 December 2019 (hardcopy only)
Speleological Society of Japan Caving Journal No.68 April 2020 (hardcopy only)
Speleological Society of Japan Caving Journal No.69 August 2020 (hardcopy only)
Speleological Society of Japan Caving Journal No.70 December 2020 (hardcopy only)
Speleological Society of Japan Caving Journal No.71 April 2021 (hardcopy only)
Speleologia 84 June 2021 (hardcopy only)
Cave and Karst Science Vol 48 No 2 August 2021 (hardcopy only)
BCRA Review 2020 (hardcopy only)
Senckenberg Museum 151 - Heft 10-12 2021 (hardcopy only)

Newcaves Chronicles Vol.56 July 2021 (hardcopy only)
JSS Vol.66 No.02 February 2022
FUSSI Newsletter Vol.34 No.01 2022
JSS Vol.66 No.01 January 2022
ISS December 2021 Newsletter
CEGSA News Vol.66 No.04 Nov 2021

Samples from the Library:

    Arkaroola     George Rose      Against All Odds      Caves of teh Nullarbor     Cave Diving in Australia     Sandstone Caves

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