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Librarian: Ray Ashton
Services: Online Catalogue

The ASNSW holds a vast collection of books on a wide variety of astonomical topics. The library assets are hosted at Epping and at Wiruna. The catalogue is currently held as an Excel spreadsheet but we are hoping to update it as an online module.

How To Borrow Books

Members may browse all the library titles online and email a loan request to the Librarian. Please provide your name, the titles you wish to borrow and when and where you wish to collect them (e.g. at meeting or Wiruna). An off-line database and administrative system has been established to control the Library content and to record and manage borrowings.

Library Status

The ASNSW Library is entrusted with preserving and cataloguing all books, journals, magazines and other printed reference material held by the Society and with making these publications readily available for borrowing by Members of the Society.

The Library actively seeks to improve the scope and quality of reference material held by the Society and to use these important resources to assist Members in developing their knowledge and understanding of astronomy.Over many years, the ASNSW has gathered several hundred astronomical texts. We also hold a rather comprehensive collection of journals, magazines and other publications. The inventory of publications has been catalogued, labeled and entered into an electronic database.

Some of the reference atlases and a selection of the texts dealing with practical observing reside at the Society’s Dark Sky Observing Site Wiruna (near Mudgee) and at the Crago Observatory in the Blue Mountains. These specific publications need to be readily available at the observing sites to the folk who use them regularly. Multiple copies of some key items are being sought so that more Members will have access to their valuable information and guidance.

Acquisitions

The Committee of the ASNSW allocates a budget for the acquisition of new publications for the Library. Members may participate in the process of selecting these acquisitions.

Donations

Donations of useful books are always very much appreciated, however please do not feel offended if we have to return or discard books that are outdated or are not useful duplications.

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