Revision of Collection from Fri, 02/13/2015 - 13:36

Updated Feb 13, 2015 rap

Material in ANRL is organized in categories which specify the number of items in each category and the location in the library.

ANRL’s policy of not lending books or videos has been changed and we now allow members to borrow material for 1 week.

Material Location
Collection Statistics


The Library has a collection of books and manuscripts that cover a wide range of topics related to nudism. Our collection has books on the history and philosophy of nudism, plus many topics including photography and club management. Guide books from around the world cover clothing optional beaches, resorts, travel and destinations. Books may be read in the Library. Members can borrow Archive–2 Books. Surplus–1 books are offered for a donation to the library. While most books are in english a few in other languages.

615 Archive–1 Books (We keep 1 copy in this archive)
171 Archive–2 Books (Members can borrow these for 1 week)
27 Surplus–1 Books (Available for donation to the library)
127 Guide Books
Order Form


The ANRL has a very extensive collection of nudist magazines. Thousands of issues dating from the 1930’s to the present are available as individual magazines, groups bound together according to year and as scanned, digital files ready to be viewed on a computer. A wide range of topics such as nudist history, the fight to defend and protect individual freedoms, travel both domestic and foreign, and personal essays are addressed. Foreign magazines make up a significant and interesting part of the collection. Whether you are seeking information on the best tropical island to visit or would like to read about “My First Nudist Experience”, our magazine archive has it all.

Scanned Magazines
Recently Scanned Magazines
Archived Magazines
Archived Magazine Titles
Surplus Magazines Available with suggested donation
Order Form

Club and Organization Information and Newsletters

Through the years, more and more clubs have been formed to offer social nudity a better atmosphere for recreation and fellowship and nudist associations have grown worldwide. All of these groups have accumulated data in the form of newsletters, brochures, club histories, media releases, photographs, and memorabilia. The Library has organized its original information into club binders and paper files. Much of this content has been scanned and can be viewed on computer at the Library. We always encourage both clubs and individuals to send us documents related to the history of the nudist lifestyle. While our Newsletter collection is quite extensive, it is far from complete. We hope that clubs will review the listings of what’s in the Library and back-fill any missing issues as they are able. Clubs can submit newsletters to:

Club Sending Newsletters to ANRL
Club Names in Archive Folders


Prominent people in our nudist history are included in our Who’s Who in Nudism files. Patrons can view the scanned version of the Who’s Who at the Library. Researchers can examine the original files by appointment.

Names of people in Who’s Who Folders

Audio and Video History

Several hundred videos have been donated to the Library over the years. These show the history of club activities worldwide, commercial theater presentations and depictions of the nudist life. Many audio cassettes echo the history and observations of nudist pioneers, club owners and other prominent people. Visitors to the Library are welcome to view or listen to these items. The ANRL recently donated several very old 35mm nudist movies to the Library of Congress as it could no longer maintain the increasingly fragile celluloid.

Column names in the Video Lists below are:

  1. LV - VHS for Loan
  2. SV - Surplus VHS
  3. LD - DVD for Loan
  4. SD - Surplus DVD

All DVDs
Video Archive (with notes on each video)
Video Archive List Sorted by Title
Video Archive List Sorted by Topic (for those with Topic)
Video Archive VHS - Lend to Members
Video Archive VHS - Surplus
Titles of the Audio Cassettes
Performances by the Cypress Cove Players

Photographs and Slides

Photographs received by the Library are preserved in albums and separate flat files and are indexed by club, subject or related event. Many photos are on display in the Library depicting nudism from its early beginnings until the present time. Similarly, slides have been donated from time to time. Both photographs and slides will be scanned and digitized to make their viewing by patrons of the Library easier.