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Information Services

Collections at All Libraries

Fiction Books-Best sellers, popular genre and the classics.

Nonfiction Books- Covering a wide range of subjects.

Large Type Books - Some popular fiction, nonfiction and children's.

Media - Videos, CDs, cassettes, and audio books.

Youth - Picture books, fiction, nonfiction, magazines, and media for pre-schoolers to young adults.

Periodicals - Some major newspapers and popular magazines.

Databases - Access to articles in magazines, journals, newspapers,and other research resources.

Telephone Books- Selected U.S. cities and all Alaska.

Collections at Loussac

Alaska Collection - Over 25,000 books on Alaska and the north, including state and municipal documents. See the Alaskana page.

Books in Foreign Languages- Popular and classic titles in a number of languages.

Business and Investment Resources- Mutual fund and stock information, business directories, insurance ratings, publications from Moody's, Dun & Bradstreet, Standard & Poor's.  

Genealogy - General guides, compilations of records and histories of some specific areas.

Loussac Children's Collection - Materials for parents, people who work with children and students of children's literature.

Periodicals- Most Alaska newspapers and magazines, select newspapers from major cities (U.S. and foreign), a wide assortment of magazines and newsletters.


Patron Services

APL Card Registration 

APL Library Card Brochure [2016]

Internet Access

Internet access is available at all library locations, although restrictions such as time limits do apply. Stations are offered on a first come, first served basis. Check at any reference desk for availability. In addition to surfing the Internet, you can check Web-based e-mail and use word processing.


Reference librarians are available at all library locations during open hours to answer questions and assist with research needs.

Use the Ask a Librarian  link at right, to submit a question via e-mail. E-Mail questions can take up to 72 hours for a response.

The Alaska Collection is open to the public Monday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 1-5pm.

Reference service includes providing access to information, library materials and basic assistance with library equipment (computers, copiers, printers) and electronic resources (online catalog, databases and software). Reference service does not include compiling, interpreting, or arranging information; completing forms or homework assignments; photocopying or proofreading documents; making mathematical calculations; providing legal or medical advice, child care, counseling, or crisis intervention. Reference service does not include extensive computer troubleshooting and instruction about specific applications and web sites that involve personal information.


Youth Services librarians are available at all library locations during open hours to meet the specialized informational needs of children and adults working with children.

A plethora of programs and events are offered for pre-schoolers, school-aged youth, and young adults. Check the monthly Activities Calendar for a schedule, or call 343-2975.