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New Guidebook Finder—Have You Seen This Thing?

Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by Luke Bauer

The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce the launch of its newest informational tool: The AAC Guidebook Finder. Sponsored by Patagonia, an AAC Industry Partner, the Guidebook Finder provides a Google Maps-powered interface to make finding one of the thousands of guidebooks in the AAC Library intuitive, easy, and efficient. Check out the Guidebook Finder by visiting

The Guidebook Finder is one more way the AAC is implementing goals set in its Five Year Strategic Plan, announced in February. One goal of the Plan is to provide tools that give climbers better access to climbing information and Library assets. The Guidebook Finder is a next step in expanding digital access to the world-class AAC Library.

The new tool gives Members an easy way to find, reserve, and check out over 600 guidebooks to 200 different climbing areas in the United States. Guidebooks (or other collection items) are mailed to AAC Members for free—up to ten books and five DVDs at a time.

Other uses for the Guidebook Finder include: browsing climbing areas in your area or afar, learning about new climbing destinations, and plotting out your next road trip.

About The AAC Library

The Henry S. Hall Jr. American Alpine Club Library is an internationally known resource on alpinism, climbing, and mountain regions and cultures. Established in 1916, it is one of the oldest alpine research facilities in the United States, and the largest outside of Europe. A circulating collection of nearly 20,000 books and videos devoted to mountaineering and rock climbing is available for members to borrow. Rare and non-circulating collections include the AAC archives, John M. Boyle Himalayan Library, manuscript collections, photographs, and rare books dating back to the 16th century.

Boasting nearly 600 journals and over 500 videos and DVDS, the American Alpine Club Library has special strengths in American and foreign guidebooks, Mount Everest and the Himalayas, the Alps, and mountaineering history. The library serves members dispersed around the world, with mission to provide excellent service and efficient access to the collection to AAC members, the media, and others, wherever they may be.


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