THE BRITISH CAVING LIBRARY
The British Caving Library (BCL) is a national research and reference library based in the Peak District, owned by BCRA and staffed part-time by a librarian. It mostly comprises published and archived material collected by BCRA and its predecessor organisations, with a minority of the items on long-term loan from clubs and individuals. The library functions with the generous financial assistance of the British Caving Association, through which the library is able to offer its services to all cavers and to all those interested in cave science and related topics. The Library continues to enlarge its holdings through exchanges, donations and purchases.
Services and materials include
• Catalogue and bibliographic data:
• 14000+ catalogued items including 1700 books, 11407 journals, maps, surveys, DVDs etc.
• 368 non-UK journal titles including Spelunca, Speleologia, Jaskinie, Helictite.
• Over 370 UK journal titles and club bulletins including all CRG / BCRA publications and complete runs of The British Caver and Descent.
• Thousands more surveys and maps, yet to be catalogued.
• We participate in a journal exchange scheme with many foreign and UK organisations.
• We have Links to other caving libraries.
• We maintain an audio archive and a registry of UK caving collections.
• We host the BCRA online archives.
Enquiries are welcomed via phone, email or personal visit.
• We have photocopying, WiFi and computer facilities available for visitors.
Contact us via our website: http://caving-library.org.ukWhere to find BCL
The Library is in the Peak District, about 5 miles south of Buxton and our address is:
British Caving Library,
Phone: 01298 83382
The library welcomes enquiries by phone or by email. We also welcome visitors but, as the Library isn’t staffed every day, please email the Librarian beforehand to ensure that someone is there to greet you when you come.
BCRA Library Co-ordinator