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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. 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

We have some new articles available - please email the Librarian if you are interested in seeing them:

Barriquand et al., Caves and Bats: Morphological impacts and archaeological implications. The Azé Prehistoric Cave (Saône-et-Loire, France), Geomorphology 388, 2021.

Kot et al., Chronostratigraphy of Jerzmanowician. New data from Koziarnia Cave, Poland, Journal of Archeaological Science 38, 2021.

Yanez-Montalvo et al., Depth Related Structure and Microbial Composition of Microbialites in a Karst Sinkhole, Cenote Azul, Mexico, Geomicrobiology Journal, Vol. 38, No.3, 2021, p.327-251

Thomas J. Pingel, Andrea Saavedra & Lillian Cobo, Deriving Land and Water Surface Elevations in the Northeastern Yucatán Peninsula Using PPK GPS and UAV-Based Structure from Motion, Papers in Applied Geography, 2021

Krizler C. Tanalgo and Alice Catherine Hughes, The potential of bat-watching tourism in raising public awareness towards bat conservation in the Philippines, Environmental Challenges 4, 2021.

Poelman et al., Fungi associated with aeroponic roots in caves and mines of New Brunswick, Fungal Ecology 52, 2021.

Cantonati et al., Urgent plea for global protection of springs, Conservation Biology, Vol. 35, No.1, 2021, p.378-382

Guizhen He, Xiang Zhao & Mingzhao Yu, Exploring the multiple disturbances of karst landscape in Guilin World Heritage Site, China, Catena, 2021.


Login ability for ASF members for accessing resources held in the restricted Amazon Web Server bucket is still in development. Several methods have been tested but none of these have worked very well.


Covid permitting, we still plan to have a "library reading corner" at the 32nd Biennial ASF Conference at Ceduna in 2022, 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 a few weeks before the start date

Items recently received (digital format unless otherwise marked):

JSSS Vol.65 No.8 (August 2021)
ESpeleo Bulletin No.3 (August 2021)

JSSS Vol.65 No.7 (July 2021)
JSSS Vol.65 No.6 (June 2021)
UIS Bulletin 631 (June 2021)

Northern Caverneers Troglodyte 39 (2) June 2021
SUSS Bull 59 (1) July-December 2020 (hardcopy only)
Caves Australia 216 (June 2021, digital and hardcopy)
JSSS Vol.65 No.5 (May 2021)

ISS Newsletter (May 2021)
ESpeleo Bulletin No.2 (May 2021)
JSSS Vol.65 No.4 (April 2021)
Trog Vol.56 No.7 (March/April 2021)
MSS Quarterly Newsletter Summer (March 2021)
The Explorer's Journal Fall 2020 (hardcopy only)
Caves Australia 215 (digital and hardcopy)
JSSS Vol.65 No.3 (March 2021)
JSS Vol.65 No.2 (February 2021)
Espeleo Bulltein No.1 (February 2021)
JSSS Vol.65 No.01 (January 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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