You can order an item from the AV library by either
writing to the NSS Office or by filling out the Online request form shown below. Any one can order an item from the AV library, whether an NSS member or not (please see 'Rental Fees' because there is a slight difference in cost for non NSS members).
to the NSS Office:
National Speleological Society
6001 Pulaski Pike
Huntsville, AL 35810-1122 USA
Let us know what program you would like, when you would like
to show it, and where we should ship it. Just in case we need to talk with you,
let us know how to contact you during the day.
Order your program at least 10 days in advance
of when you need it; however, most grottos order programs 3 to 6 months in advance
in order to get the program they want. In cases of conflict, programs are provided
on a first come, first serve basis.
In case your program is not available when you'd
like it, let us know if you would like us to schedule the program for you when
it is first available or provide you an alternate program. Provide several alternate
dates if you want the program when it is next available. Provide several alternative
program choices if you want a program on a specific date or tell us to pick
one for you.
It's easier for us to handle your orders if you
provide them by letter; however, in emergencies call us at 256-852-1300.
Please use our secure server to order
programs online. If your browser does not support SSL encryption, you may
have problems accessing the secure server. If that is the case, please contact
the NSS office as described above to order your program.
Program authors pay most of the program development
cost. The Society subsidizes the AV Library in order to foster communication
on cave-related topics. The Society pays the cost to complete a program, duplicate
it for distribution, and administer the library. You are charged a fee up front
primarily to cover shipping costs.
Effective July 1, 1999, the Audio-Visual Library
will require a deposit to check out shows. With this change, the library will
convert back to the original policy of paying only for the shipping of shows.
There will be no additional cost to the member unless they fail to return the
show. Those who do not return a show within 30 days after the return due date
will forfeit their deposit. The deposits and shipping costs are detailed below.
FEES - NSS members and
NSS Member Total
Non Member Fee
Non Member Total
If ordering two Video's, DVDs, or CDs, add $2.00 to
the shipping charge (total $7.00)
If ordering two Slide Shows, add $10.00 to the shipping
charge (total $20.00)
Deposit is only required if paying by check
Note: The $3.00 Non Member fee is for each order. For all borrowers,
there is a limit of two programs per order.
Rentals: Foreign members (and non members)
pay actual cost of shipping by airmail. Due to time constraints, programs will
be shipped Express or Airmail. They must be returned in the same manner. Please
contact the NSS Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
Please send a check for program fees when you place
The reason for the deposit amounts is that it costs
the Audio-Visual committee approximately $100 to replace an 80-slide show and
Shows may be checked out using a credit card or
by check. If paying by check, two checks will need to be sent to the NSS Office--one
for the shipping cost and one for the deposit. When the show is returned, the
check for the deposit will be returned to the member or destroyed at the member's
request. Members checking out shows will have a grace period of 30 days after
the shows return due date before they forfeit their deposit. The NSS Office
will also send a friendly reminder to the borrower if the show isn't returned
by the due date.
It is very important that you return your program
promptly. A delay can cause others to miss the program. To return a program,
just flip the address card on the shipping container to reveal the NSS office
You may return the program through the United Parcel
Service (UPS) or you may use the U.S. Post Office using "Library Rate" or some
other delivery service.
For Slide programs, please insure the package for
$100.00 ($500 for two projector slide programs). For video programs, DVDs, and
CDs please insure the package for $30.00
When returning a program, please tell us if you
found any damage, missing slides or script, or have other suggestions for improving