One of the many advantages of being a member of the KAS is access to its library. The book, CD-ROM, and DVD collection is kept on a cart at the Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center. Items from the library are available for check out at most general meetings. All you need is your current membership card.

imageTo borrow a book, write the date, your name and phone number on the back of the card in the space provided. Place the card in the black card box. Normally the book will be due at the next meeting. To renew just sign and date the card again. Return the books to the “Return Books Here” area on the cart.

We also have periodicals. Our extensive collection of Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines is now kept at a separate storage facility due to space and weight issues. If you would like a specific issue or issues please contact the librarian (details below) at least 48 hours before the next general meeting. To check out a magazine, write the date, name, phone and magazine name and date on the Magazine Check out Sheet on the cart.

We welcome additions, especially newer books on any aspect of astronomy, space science, or space exploration. Our magazine holdings are listed below. We would like to fill the gaps but don’t want duplicates. If you really need them out of your house we suggest senior centers or senior housing, many of which have reading rooms/libraries. Who knows, maybe a KAS member would want to add them to their collection.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

For more information or to reserve a library items, please contact:

Karen Woodworth

KAS Librarian

List of Holdings as of April 28, 2020


Amateur Astronomy

A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets
by Donald H. Menzel (1964)

All About Telescopes
by Sam Brown (1985 edition)

Amateur Astronomer’s Handbook
by James Muirden

Amateur Astronomy
by Patrick Moore (1968)

Amateur Telescope Making
edited by Albert G. Ingalls (1933)

Amateur Telescope Making (Book Three)
edited by Albert G. Ingalls (1953; 1971 printing)

The Astronomical Almanac (2018-2022)
by Richard J. Bartlett (2017)

Astronomy Hacks: Tips and Tools for Observing the Night Sky
by Robert B. Thompson & Barbara F. Thompson (2005)

The A-Z of Astronomy
by Patrick Moore

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
by Terence Dickinson & Alan Dyer (2008, Third Edition)

The Beginners Guide to the Skies: A Month by Month Handbook for Star Gazers and Planet Watchers
by Clarence H. Cleminshaw (1977)

The CCD Camera Cookbook
by Richard Berry, et. al.

Binoculars and All Purpose Telescopes
by Dr. Henry Paul

Build Your Own Telescope
by Richard Berry (1985)

Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Vol. 1: Andromeda through Cetus
by Robert Burnham (1978, two copies)

Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Vol. 2: Chamaeleon through Orion
by Robert Burnham (1978, two copies)

Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Vol. 3: Pavo through Vulpecula
by Robert Burnham (1978, two copies)

Burnham's Celestial Handbook, Vol. 3: Pavo Through Vulpecula
by Robert Burnham (1978, paperback copy)

Edmund Scientific: Homebuilt Telescopes
(1964 classic)

Edmund Scientific: Telescope Optics
(1966 classic, two copies)

Handbook for Star Trackers: Making and Using Star Tracking Camera Platforms
by Jim Ballard (1988)

How and Why to Make A User-Friendly Sidewalk Telescope
by John L. Dobson (1991, plywood-bound edition)

NightWatch: An Equinox Guide to Viewing the Universe
by Terence Dickinson (1983)

NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
by Terence Dickinson (2006, Fourth Edition)

Norton’s 2000 Star Atlas and Reference Handbook 18th ed.
by Ian Ridpath (1989)

Observe and Understand the Stars
by Arnold R. Johnson

Observe Comets, Asteroids, Meteors, and the Zodiacal Light
by David H.Levy & Stephen J. Edberg (1986)

The Observer’s Sky Atlas
by Erich Karkoschka (1990)

Radio Astronomy and How to Build Your Own Telescope
by John Heywood

Seeing and Believing: How the Telescope Opened Our Eyes and Minds to the Heavens
by Richard Panek (1998)

Seeing the Deep Sky: Telescopic Astronomy Projects Beyond the Solar System
by Fred Schaaf (1992)

by David H. Levy

Star & Planet Spotting: A Field Guide to the Night Sky
by Peter Lancaster Brown

Stars and Planets: The Sierra Club Guide to Sky Watching and Direction Finding
by William S. Kals (1990)

Telescopes for Star Gazing
by Henry Paul

Touring the Universe through Binoculars
by Phil Harrington (1990)

Turn Left at Orion: A Hundred Night Sky Objects to See in a Small Telescope
by Guy Consolmagno & Daniel Michael Davis (1995)


A Star Called the Sun
by George Gamow

The Big Spark: A Grand Unification
by Derf Q. Sevas & Oma E. Vargle (1992)

Black Holes: The End of the Universe
by John Taylor

Black Holes and Warped Spacetime
by William J. Kaufmann

The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe
by Steven Weinberg

by David A. Adler & Fred Winkowski

The New Cosmology
by Harold W. G. Allen (2002)

Origin of Comets in Planet Magnetotails
by Cyril Marystone (1983)

The Oscillating Universe
by Ernst Julius Öepik

Quasars, Pulsars, Black Holes and HEAO’s
by R.F. Doolitte, K. Moritz, R.D.C. Whilden

Red Giants and White Dwarfs
by Robert Jastrow (a classic)

The Red Limit: The Search for the Edge of the Universe
by Timothy Ferris (1977)

The Sun, the Earth, and Near-Earth Space: A Guide to the Sun-Earth System
by John A. Eddy (2009)

The Structure of the Universe
by Evry L. Schatzman

The Unity of the Universe
by Dennis William Sciama


America’s Next Decade in Space
published by NASA (1969)

The Astronomers
by Donald Goldsmith (1991, accompanied the PBS TV series, two copies)

by Edwin G. Ebbighausen

by Samuel Rapport (Editor) & Helen Wright (anthology of astro pieces)

Astronomy: A Brief Introduction
by Walter H. Hesse

Astronomy Publications
published by Kodak (Tech Bits bound together)

Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax"
by Philip Plait (2002)

by Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan (1985)

Concepts of the Universe
by Paul W. Hodge

Concepts of Contemporary Astronomy
by Paul W. Hodge

Cosmic Life Force
by Fred Hoyle & Chandra Wickramasinghe (1988)

by Carl Sagan

Death from the Skies! - These are the ways the world will end...
by Philip Plait (2008)

Discovering the Universe
by William J. Kaufmann & Neil F. Comins (1987)

Exploring the Universe
by Louise B. Young (Editor)

The Galactic Club: Intelligent Life in the Universe
by Ronald N. Bracewell (1974)

Interstellar Communication: Scientific Perspectives
by Cyril Ponnamperuma & Alastair Graham Walter Cameron

Our Changing Universe: the New Astronomy
by John R. Gribbin

Pictorial Guide to the Stars
by Henry C. King

Scientific American: The Universe

Scientific American: New Frontiers in Astronomy (1975)

Scientific American: The Solar System

Scientific American: The New Astronomy

Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets
by Tyler Nordgren

Voices from the Sky
by Arthur C. Clarke

Historical Fiction

Doctor Copernicus: a novel
by John Banville (1976)

Kepler: a novel
by John Banville (1981)

The Star Gazer: A Novel of Galileo
by Zsolt DeHarsanyi

Science Fiction

by Isaac Asimov (2004 edition)

Solar System

The International Halley Watch Atlas of Large-Scale Phenomena
by John C. Brandt, Malcolm B. Niedner, Jr., and Jurgen Rahe

Mars: The Photographic Story
by Earl C. Slipher

Nine Planets
by Alan Edward Nourse

Pictorial Guide to Planet Earth
by Frederick Ira Ordway

Planet Earth
by Karl Stumpf

Radio Exploration of the Planetary System
by Alex G. Smith & Thomas D. Carr (two copies)

Radio Exploration of the Sun
by Alex G. Smith & Thomas D. Carr

Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets
by Duncan Steel


A Brief Text in Astronomy
by William T. Skilling & Robert S. Richardson

An Introduction to Astronomy
by Robert Horace Baker & Laurence W. Fredrick (1968)

by John Charles Duncan (1946)

by Arthur M. Harding (1935)

by Theodore Grefe Mehlin (1959)

Astronomy, A Cosmic Perspective
by Michael Zelik (1983)

The Essential Cosmic Perspective 3rd ed.
by J. Benney, M. Donahue, N. Schneider, & M. Voit (2005)

Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 7th ed.
by Michael A. Seeds (2002)

Horizons: Exploring the Universe, 9th ed.
by Michael A. Seeds (2006)

Introduction to Astronomy
by Dean B. McLaughlin (1961)

Modern Astronomy
by D. Scott Birney (1969)

Pictorial Astronomy
by Dinsmore Alter & Clarence H. Cleminshaw (1952)


Formation & Evolution of the Milky Way PowerPoint presentation
by Dr. Timothy Beers (presented at the April 2005 KAS general meeting)


400 Years of the Telescope
A Journey of Science, Technology and Thought, 60 minutes, 2009

A Sidewalk Astronomer
About astronomy, cosmology, and John Dobson, 78 minutes, 2005

Astronomy Magazine Infinite Cosmos DVD Series:

  • Constellations
  • Cosmic Collisions
  • Dark Matter/Dark Energy
  • Jupiter the Giant Planet
  • Life and Death of a Star
  • Mars the Red Planet
  • Runaway Universe
  • Saturn: Lord of the Rings
  • Secrets of the Sun
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The End of Earth: Deep Space Threats to Our Planet
  • The Moon

Cassini-Huygens Mission: Saturn Essays 1 - 3

Cosmic Collisions
20 minute program from NASA and the American Museum of Natural History

Explorer 1: Beginnings of the Space Age
Follow the story of how the U.S. entered the Space Age, Produced by JPL

Hubble Source
(NASA, 2003)

Ring World
NASA/JPL program on the Cassini mission to Saturn, 2004

Ring World 2
NASA/JPL revision on the Cassini mission to Saturn, 2005

Ultimate Space Collection
Five Discovery Channel Programs

Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition (Parts 1 – 8)
Taught by Professor Alex Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley

Educational Resources

Interactive Lesson Guide for Astronomy
by Michael Zeilik

Live from the Sun (Teacher’s Guide)
Edited by Geoffrey Haines-Stiles & Erna Akuginow

The Universe at Your Fingertips: An Astronomy Activity and Resource Notebook
A Publication of Project Astro & the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Edited by Andrew Fraknoi


A Chart of the Heavens
Hansen Planetarium (1968, map)

Celestial Planisphere
by T. Filsinger (1000 piece jigsaw puzzle, 20×27 inches with booklet)

Hubble 15th Anniversary Press Packet
Space Telescope Science Institute (2005)

Measurement Science and Technology, 14
“A Telescopic Instrument for Direct Astronomical Lightspeed Measurements.”
by John B. Miller & Thomas E. Miller (2003)

Topographic Map of Mars
U.S. Geological Survey (1982 reprint of 1976 map)



  • 1974: March - December
  • 1975: January - October, December
  • 1976: January - September, November, December
  • 1977 - 1978: Complete
  • 1979: February - December
  • 1980 - 1981: Complete
  • 1982: January - May, July - December
  • 1983: January, March - October, December
  • 1984: Complete
  • 1985: January - July, October - December
  • 1986: February, May
  • 1987: January, March, May - July, October
  • 1988: January - May, August, November
  • 1989: October - December
  • 1990: February, April - December
  • 1991: January, April
  • 1992: July, December
  • 1993: February, April, June, September - December
  • 1994: January - May, July - December
  • 1995: January - March

ATM Journal
  • Issues 1 - 2 (missing 3)
  • Issues 4 - 5 (missing 6)
  • Issues 7 – 15

The Observer's Guide
  • March/April 1987 - May/June 1992

Sky & Telescope
  • The Complete Sky & Telescope Collection DVD (1941 - 2009)
  • 1943: May
  • 1949: May, November
  • 1950: March - December
  • 1951: January, July, November, December
  • 1952: January
  • 1954: February - April, June, Aug., Sept., Nov.
  • 1955: December
  • 1956: January, May
  • 1958: February
  • 1960: June, July
  • 1961: March
  • 1964: June
  • 1966 - 2007: Complete
  • 2008: January - May

Telescope Making
  • Issues 1 - 4 (Fall, 1978 - Summer, 1979); missing 5 and 6
  • Issues 7 - 14 (Spring, 1980 - Winter, 1981-82); missing 15 and 16
  • Issues 17, 18 (Fall, 1982, Winter 1982/83); missing 19
  • Issues 20, 21 (Summer/Fall, 1983); missing 22, 23, 24, 25
  • Issues 26 - 37 (Summer, 1985 - Summer, 1989)
  • Issues 38 - 46 (Fall, 1989 - Winter 1991-92)

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Last updated April 28, 2020