About

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library

Welcome to the official website of the 2016 Polar Libraries Colloquy!

We look forward to meeting you and sharing the special qualities that make Fairbanks unique. Besides the regular business of the colloquy, plan to meet musk oxen and visit our world-class museum. And soak in some sun—you can expect 21 hours of daylight while you’re here.

Check this page periodically for updates and more information!

Learn more about Polar Libraries Colloquy.

Your Hosts

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library—and its Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives—is on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, four miles from the conference hotel. Distance to downtown Fairbanks is 1.7 miles; the train station is 2.3 miles and Fairbanks International Airport is 7.1 miles.

University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alaska Fairbanks Autumn Campus
The University of Alaska Fairbanks turns 100 this year! Beginning as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines with six students, the institution has grown to be the leading research university in Alaska, and a worldwide leader in research in many Arctic and Subarctic fields—from alternative energy sources for rural Alaska to hibernating ground squirrels. Our seven campuses serve about 14,500 undergraduate and graduate students.

Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
UAF Alaska and Polar Regions Staff
In 2015, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the archives. It was established in a small classroom with a few boxes of university records and has grown to be a world-class collection of manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, films, and rare books and maps. Our focus is on the Arctic and the collections range from pre-contact exploration maps to the world’s only Alaska Native language archive. The department also has a significant collection of Antarctic materials.