TSS/TSA Library and Office

NOTE: Because of the move in progress, the TSS Library is not currently available for use. Watch this space for updates.

The TSS Library and Meeting space is housed at the Texas Speleology Center (address and driving directions). There, the TSS holds a large a working archive of papermaterials on the caves and karst resources of Texas, as well as a non-circulating library with a broad selection of books and magazines on the topics, as well as maps. (Its main archive of cave information is digital.). The TSS also has a small museum, containing significant pieces of gear and historic memorabilia (all donations).

The TSS Library also contains the archive of The Texas Caver (the official journal of the Texas Speleological Association), and many back issues of international, national, regional, and local caving publications (including NSS News, the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, newsletters from various grottos (the term for local caving clubs affiliated with the National Speleological Society), and reports from various state entities that concern the Texas underground.

Cavers, students, and teachers are welcome to make an appointment to come by the TSS Office in Austin and use our materials. However, because of various restrictions and for reasons of conservation, some materials held in the Library cannot legally be released to the public, copied, or distributed. We will, however, help you with what you need, to the best of our abilities. We also have a small lending library of books and CDs for teachers' use. Because the office is not regularly staffed, no loans are possible through the mail.

Until mid-2020, the TSS Library was housed at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus of the University of Texas at Austin, in space donated by the Texas Memorial Museum. It occupied the entire third floor of Building 18-A, with individual rooms dedicated to maps, TSS publication stock, files for proprietary and public information, a photo archive, and a large meeting and work room. Visitors to the third floor of 18-A are greeted by the TSS' small museum, containing significant pieces of gear and historic memorabilia (all donations), which also has been moved to the TSC.

Nostalgia: Old TSS Office at the Pickle Campus

The TSS office was photographed by Keith Heuss during the January 14, 2006, Board of Directors Meeting. Click on any of the images below for a larger 5 mpx image (700kb - 1.6mb).

Building 18-A, entrance side

View from parking lot

View toward Burnet Road gate

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Third floor: TSS Museum

Tape = Kastning's dissertation!

TSS Library

Texas Caver archive, TSA

Map Room
(most also scanned)