See our Library Services Updates page for information about changes to Rasmuson Library Services.

UAF students, staff, and faculty can now enter the library to pick out or to return their own materials, accessing the library by PolarExpress card.

Public library patrons can again place holds on our materials through the public library's catalog. Items can be picked up at the Noel Wien Library or the North Pole Branch.

University patrons who are reluctant to enter the library can still check materials out by appointment. Set an appointment to pick up items.

Visit the UA coronavirus information website to learn how the University of Alaska is responding to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and find links to communications, policy guidance and resources.


About the Library


Welcome to Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Containing more than 1.2 million items, we are the largest library in Alaska.

Rasmuson Library has one of the world's finest collections of Alaska and Polar Regions materials including books, periodicals, photography, manuscripts, films, oral histories, rare books and maps. The collections are centered on Alaska but include many items about the circumpolar North and Antarctica. Subject bibliographers, archivists, anthropologists and historians on the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives staff are available for reference and research assistance.

The Library Catalog can be used to locate books, videos, government documents, and other materials owned by the UAF Rasmuson Library, the UAF Keith B. Mather  Library and other libraries throughout the state.

Librarians and library staff assist students in using library resources and can give guidance on how to best locate research and information resources both in the library and beyond, regardless of format. As always, seeking out help and assistance from reference staff early in the research process can save many hours of frustrating work.

Want to know more? View a short video about Rasmuson Library.

For historical information about the library see the University of Alaska Elmer E. Rasmuson Library page.

Mission Statement

​The University of Alaska Fairbanks libraries advances the university’s mission through education and the creation, acquisition, management, preservation and dissemination of information resources.

Read our Strategic Plan.

Vision Statement

  • Promoting information literacy
  • Maximizing information access and delivery to the UAF community, Alaska and others
  • Being the library of choice for researchers on Alaska and the circumpolar North
This page was last modified on August 30, 2019