About the AAC Library

The  Library was established in 1916 in New York to support the mission of the American Alpine Club (AAC).  In 1993, the AAC moved to Golden, Colorado, where it was renamed the Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library.

A primary benefit of AAC membership is BookMail service.  We will mail books and videos to you anywhere in the US.  Search our catalog and let us know what you want!

Please log in to the AAC website and change your password and update your mailing address. This will allow you to use your AAC login and password to log on to http://booksearch.americanalpineclub.org to order books and dvds.  


Tuesdays Noon to 7pm

Wednesday Thru Saturday, Noon to 5pm

Fridays  10-3pm starting in May

Book Club: 2nd Tuesdays, 6-7pm


Library website



American Alpine Club website

Reproduction Policy and Fees

American Alpine Club Library

Copyright statement:

·Permission to examine manuscripts and photographs (Materials) is not an authorization to publish. If the text or image in question is under copyright, permission to publish should be sought from the owners of the rights, typically the creator or the heirs to his or her estate. The Library may be able to assist in identifying the copyright holders.

·It is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain permission to publish from the copyright owner to reproduce the Materials. The American Alpine Club Library (AACL) assumes no responsibility for its patrons’ infraction of copyright laws, invasion of privacy, or any other improper or illegal use that may arise from reproduction of any image. The AACL and its agents shall be held harmless against any and all claims arising or resulting from the illegal use or duplication of its Materials.

·AACL does not permit news media to copy its Materials for use in newscasts or newspaper articles unless permission has been obtained from the copyright holder.

Digital media are presented for educational and research purposes. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.  The determination of copyright status and restrictions ultimately rests with the user.

Reproduction Policies and Procedures

·Rare books or fragile material may be reproduced only with staff approval, and by staff

·Patron is responsible for securing copyright permission on all materials s/he is considering for publication. Refer to Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code, and your publisher for assistance.

·There are no on-site facilities for reproduction of oversize materials or for production of photographic materials. Special arrangements may be made at the discretion of the Library Director, with all associated costs paid by Patron


·Patrons may use the self-service copier to make copies for their own study / research

·Charge of 10 cents per / page (self-serve)

·For off-site requests, charge is $15.00 per article for copies and mailing


·Library staff will scan material

·Original must be under 11 x 17”

·Output will be high-resolution TIF files, low-resolution JPG files or PDF files.

·PDFs and JPGs will be delivered as email attachments, unless otherwise specified. High resolution scans will be delivered on CD, unless Patron provides a thumb-drive or other transfer method.

Scanning Fees

AAC and FOL members – $10.00 per photo and $10.00 for up to ten pages of manuscript.  Cost of CD and mailing is an additional $3.

Non-members – $15.00 per photo and $15.00 for up to ten pages of manuscript.  Cost of CD and mailing is an additional $3.

Become an AAC or FOL member today to save money!

Please contact AAC Library Staff regarding commercial use fees.

Research Fees

·AAC and FOL members receive one hour free research per month as a benefit of membership (unused hours do not accrue). More intensive research may be arranged for a fee of $15  per hour, depending on availability of staff.

Non-members requesting research may receive a free 1/2 hour of research and a additional rate of $25 per hour, depending on availability of staff.  Become an AAC and/or FOL member to save money today!

Members of the media receive free research provided the AAC Library is cited in the published article.

Credit for publications

·Patron is responsible for fair use / copyright. See Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States and Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code.

·Fees may be assigned for use in publication

·Credit line: Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library


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