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 exist to be used 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.

The "About" section of this wesbite has more details about accessing material. If you have any questions about the Library, please 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

New Publication on Papua New Guinea

Nakanai Range

There is a new publication on the Nakanai Range of New Britain, Papua New Guinea, with information on caves, caving expeditions and the karst of the area as well as many other topics (including history, archeology, flora and fauna). It is available for download under a creative commons licence. Many thanks to ASF member Mike Bourke (who is a contributing author) for information about the publication.

The Nakanai Mountain Ranges of East New Britain Papua New Guinea. E: Booklet Version 2  (2022), Gabriel, Jennifer, Specht, Jim, Kelly, Mathew, Wood, Michael, Foale, Simon, McIntyre-Tamwoy, Susan, Leavesley, Mathew, Bourke, Michael, Gill, David, Sounier, Jean-Paul, Guillot, Florence, Bence, Phil, Crayn, Darren, and Venter, Fanie, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia

ANSTO News item (14th July 2022): "Research brings a better understanding of the stability of very old groundwater" is an interesting report about new analysis showing how groundwater differs from surface waters in terms of dissolved organic matter.

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.

Items recently received (digital format unless otherwise marked):

KSS Trog Vol. 57 no.4 Aug 2022
KSS Trog Vol. 57 no.3 July 2022
The Western Caver 61 2021
Caves Australia 221 September 2022
E-Speleo The Cave Cricket Vol.1 No.2 Sept 2022
ISS August 2022 Newsletter
JSSS Vol.66 No.08 August 2022
SUSS Bull No.60 August 2022
JSSS Vol.66 No.07 July 2022
SRCC Speleopod No.90 June 2022
NHVSS Newcaves Chronicles Vol.57 January 2022
Cave and Karst Science Vol 49 No 1 April 2022 (hardcopy only)
Northern Caverneers Troglodyte Vol.32 Issue 1 June 2022
NUCC Speleograffiti Vol.27 No.2 May-December 2021
JSSS Vol.66 No.6 June 2022
Caves Australia 220 June 2022 (digital and hard copy)
JSSS Vol.66 No.5 May 2022

MSS Autumn 2022 Newsletter
ISS April-May 2022 Newsletter
KSS Trog Vol.57 March-April 2022
JSSS Vol.66 No.4 April 2022
Caves Australia 219 March 2022 (hardcopy)
E-Speleo The Cave Cricket Vol.1 No.1 May 2022
JSSS Vol.66 No.03 March 2022
SRGWA Cavers Chronicle Vol.41 No.2 2021 (hardcopy)
The Explorers Journal Vol 99 No.3 Fall 2021 (hardcopy)
Acta Carsologica 50/1 2021 (hardcopy) - contains a lovely interview of Boris Sket by Ivo Lucic
Acta Carsologica 50/2-3 2021 (hardcopy)
Senckenberg Museum 152 Heft 1-3 2022 (hardcopy)
Senckenberg Museum 152 Heft 4-6 2022 (hardcopy)

Spelunca No.165 March 2022 (hardcopy)
Spelunca No.164 December 2021 (hardcopy)
Cave and Karst Science Vol.48 No.3 Dec 2021 (hardcopy)
Karstologia 78 2nd Semestre 2021 (hardcopy)

Samples from the Library:

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

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