Borrowing

A valid Polar Express ID or Fairbanks North Star Borough Library Card is required to check materials out from the library.

Do not lend your card, or library materials you have checked out, to anyone! YOU and only YOU are responsible for items checked out on your card, and YOU will have to pay for missing or lost items. Also, no one else may check out on your card, unless you have a signed proxy.

Eligibility  ] [  Registration  ] [  Loan Periods  ] [  Fines ]

Eligibility

  • UAF Students, Staff and Faculty.  UAF students, staff, and faculty are eligible to borrow materials with a valid Polar Express ID.

  • Off-Campus & Rural UAF Students, Staff and Faculty. Off-campus & rural UAF students, staff, and faculty are eligible to borrow materials using our Interlibrary Loan service.

  • Fairbanks North Star Borough Residents. If you are not affiliated with UAF but are a resident of the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB), you may obtain a Rasmuson library card by first obtaining a valid library card at the Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library located at 1215 Cowles Street.

  • Alaskan Residents. If you are an Alaskan resident, but not a resident of the Borough, you may be eligible to borrow a limited number of items through the Alaska Libraries Reciprocal Borrowing Program; check with a supervisor at the Circulation Desk for further details.

  • Guest Researchers & Visiting Faculty Affiliated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. If you are not employed by the University of Alaska, but are affiliated with a campus department doing research either on campus or with other campus researchers, you will need to obtain a Polar Express card and have your sponsoring department fill out a "Visiting Guest Scholar Sponsorship form" (see below), in order to be eligible to check out materials. Bring the form and your Polar Express card in person to the Circulation Desk. Once a Patron Registration form is filled out, (we need your departmental address as well as your home permanent address, as well as the date your contract ends) you may check out books, audiovisual format material, and may use our Interlibrary Loan service. This privilege does not include the use of our media equipment; departments should contact the Rasmuson Library Media Desk if there is a special need for such equipment.

Registration

If you have never checked out material from Rasmuson Library, you'll need to download and complete a Rasmuson Library registration form (see below). Bring the form AND your library card (Polar Express ID or  FNSB library card) to the Rasmuson Library Circulation Desk.

Rasmuson Library Registration Forms:

  • UAF Faculty or Staff [.pdf] [.doc]
  • UAF Student [.pdf] [.doc]
  • FNSB Public Library Cardholder [.pdf] [.doc]
  • Alaska Library Reciprocal Borrowing Cardholder [.pdf] [.doc]
  • Visiting Guest Scholar Sponsorship form [.pdf] [.doc] - must also fill out UAF Faculty or Staff form

Loan Periods

Rules differ for distance-delivery and reciprocal-borrowing patrons.

Category Books Compact Discs Films, DVDs, &
Videotapes
Media Equipment Limits
Undergraduates 28 days 7 days 7 days 3 days
Except for data projectors which circulate for 4 hours
Unlimited books; 5 ea. DVD/VHS; 25 CDs
Graduates 60 days 7 days 7 days 3 days
Except for data projectors which circulate for 4 hours
Unlimited books; 5 ea. DVD/VHS; 25 CDs
Faculty 120 days 7 days 7 days  3 days
Except for data projectors which circulate for 24 hours
Unlimited books; 5 ea. DVD/VHS; 50 CDs
Staff 60 days 7 days 7 days 3 days
Except for data projectors which circulate for 4 hours
Unlimited books; 5 ea. DVD/VHS; 25 CDs
Patrons with Fairbanks North Star Borough Library Cards 28 days 7 days 7 days No media checkout except for headphones and video remotes, in-library only Unlimited books; 5 ea. DVD/VHS; 25 CDs

Fines

Charges for overdue, damaged, or lost material are listed below.

  • For each lost or destroyed item there is a $60 minimum charge.
  • If the overdue item is returned in good condition, there will be no charge (excluding media equipment and reserves).
  • Overdue media equipment accrues fines at the rate of $1.00 per hour (or any fraction of an hour) and may result in permanent loss of equipment checkout privileges. Refer to the Media Equipment Overdue Policy for details.
  • Overdue reserve materials accrue fines at the rate of 50 cents per hour, starting at the top of the hour after the item is overdue.
This page was last modified on September 12, 2016