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How do I get my library card?

If you are an Anchorage resident, fill out a registration form and show your photo ID. Bring a postmarked piece of mail that confirms your address: Mail must be addressed to you, in the envelope and postmarked within the past 30 days (i.e. this month’s utility bill). Checks, paychecks, etc. are not accepted.

If you do not have a valid piece of mail, you will be issued an unverified card, which is good for 3 years with a 3-item check-out and 3-item hold limit.

If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian must sign your registration.

Does my card expire?

Cards need to be renewed every three years.

Unverified cards expire after 3 years.

Youth cards permanently expire on the child’s 18th birthday, at which time, they may apply for an adult card.

If you lose your card, the first replacement is free; after that, it is $1.

What if I’m not a resident of Anchorage? 

Non‐Resident: $90 yearly, full borrowing privileges at APL .

Visitor cards: $25 for 3 months, 3-item limit.

Alaska reciprocal library member: free card, 3-item limit . APL participates in the Alaska Libraries' Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Click here for more information.

Your library card is easy to use. Follow these simple steps:

Carry your card when you visit the library—you will need it to check out/renew items and log on to computers. 

Return items on time to avoid fines. Renew online or call 343‐2975, Option 4 (Option 5 for live help during open library hours). Please have your library card number ready.

Return media items directly to the circulation  desk  to clear your item limit and check out new items immediately.

Take good care of library materials. You will be charged for lost or damaged items and books and media are expensive!

You are responsible for everything checked out on your card. Do not loan your card or materials to others.

Keep your contact information up‐to-date. Report lost or stolen cards immediately by calling 343‐2845.

Fines for items returned late:

  • 50¢/day ‐ adult books.
  • 25¢/day ‐ magazines, youth books and storypackets.
  • $1/day ‐ all media (DVDs, CDs, VHS, audio books, Playaways) and book club bags.
  • $5 maximum fines per item.
  • Items over 17 days late will be charged a replacement fee, plus a $5 processing fee per item. See staff for details. 
  • Per MOA policy, fines of $50 and more are sent to a collection agency.
  • Fines vary by lending partner library. 

What can I use my card for?

You can check out up to 50 items, including:

Books: for 21 days.

Magazines: 5 at a time for 7 days. 

Movies: 5 DVDs at a time for 7 days.

CDs & Audio Books: 10 at a time for 21 days.

Playaways: 10 at a time for 21 days.

Lapsit bags, Storypackets, Bilingual bags: 1 each at a time, for 21 days, not renewable.

Book Club bags: 2 at a time, for 6 weeks, not renewable.

Ready to Read Resource Center Tubs— books & resources for infants/toddlers/ childcare professionals.

Renew items up to 2 times, unless another patron has a hold request on the item. Return items at any APL or partner location.


Internet access.

Interlibrary Loans (separate fees and checkout times apply; see library staff for details).

Skip the lines by using your card at self-check and for computer reservations.

Borrowing privileges at  partner libraries, including UAA, ARLIS, and Juneau Public.


Sign up for notices by email to get a reminder 3 days before items are due and notifications of holds/overdue items (excludes Interlibrary Loans).

The 1st overdue notice is sent 5 days after items are due. If items are not returned, a 2nd notice is sent 10 days after the due date.

A bill for replacement + $5 processing fee per item is sent 17 days after the due date.


You may place requests on library materials to be held for you at the library location of your choice.

The Anchorage Public Library, the UAA/APU Consortium library and the extended campus libraries all participate in the request system. ARLIS and the Museum Library do NOT participate.

Search the Catalog to Place Hold Requests

Inter-Library Loan

If you can not find an item in the library catalog, you may submit an Inter-Library Loan or ILL. Card holders with a full privilege Anchorage Public Library card may make Interlibrary Loan requests.

We will try to find the material in another library and borrow it for you. The whole process can take 2-6 weeks.

Search WorldCat to find the item you want. Use the ILL button in WorldCat to submit your ILL directly; or use one of the forms below.

Submit an Inter-Library Loan Request

Inter-Library Loan Brochure

Suggest a Purchase

If the material you need is not owned by any branch of the Anchorage Public Library, you may recommend that we purchase the material and add it to our collection.

Suggest a Purchase

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