Covid Update, Feb 2022

Covid-19 Update

In line with Government advice we are now welcoming visitors to the library again. Do email us in advance though so we can make sure someone is here for you, we are generally only open on Wednesdays. We remain cautious regarding COVID so let us know if you wish to visit but have concerns

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Welcome to the British Caving Library

The British Caving Library (BCL) is a national research and reference library based in the Peak District, staffed by a Senior Library Assistant. It is funded by the British Caving Association (BCA) and the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) and run by the BCRA on behalf of all cavers.

The BCL is your library, if you have an interest in caving, cave science and related areas. It is for you whether you are a member of BCA or just a member of the public with a general interest in caves and caving. It is for you whether you are based in the UK or abroad.

Services and materials include

Simple enquiries or requests for specific articles can be emailed direct to the librarian. However, if you have a complex, general or vague literature request, it would help us if you would download and complete the literature search form. This will allow us to respond to your request more effectively.

Library location

The library is based in Glutton Bridge, near Buxton in Derbyshire. Note that the library is not permanently staffed, so it is important to contact us in advance of your visit (preferably by email) to ensure we're there to welcome you. Details of the location and how to find us can be obtained here.


This facility is paid for by members of the BCA. Members may have up to 20 photocopies per request for free, with additional pages being charged at 10p per sheet. Postage will normally be free, although the librarian may need to make a charge for bulkier packets. Scanned images may also be emailed, saving postage costs.

Non-members may browse and use the facilities for free by prior arrangement with the librarian, and one hour of the librarian's time is available at no charge. Additional time will be charged at £15 per hour. Photocopying and printouts will be charged at 10p a sheet for black and white A4 sheets, and 50p for colour A4 sheets. The librarian can advise on costs before undertaking any work, so please contact her before submitting your request.

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