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.


Alaska Digital Library (formerly ListenAlaska)-- Downloading eBooks

This tutorial will walk you through downloading books from Alaska Digital Library (formerly ListenAlaska.). Note, you can not directly download Alaska Digital Library books to older Kindles, Kobos, Sony Readers and older Nooks; however you may be able to transfer files from your computer to your device.

  • About: Alaska Digital Library offers many mainstream fiction and non-fiction eBooks (as well as audio books).
    • Alaska Digital Library treats eBooks like paper books in a physical library:
      • If a book is checked out by another patron, you can place it on hold. Once on hold you'll receive an email notification when it becomes available.
      • If a book is available to borrow, you may download it to your device or read it in your browser for a limited number of days. 
  • Download Preparation:
    • Before you can download Alaska Digital Library eBooks to your mobile device or computer you'll need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed and have your Adobe ID available to use.
    • Have your UAF Polar Express card in hand, you'll need the number on the card.
    • If you're downloading to a Nook Color or an iPad you'll you'll need to have Overdrive Media Console installed on your device.


  • Getting to Alaska Digital Library:
  • Downloading Books:
    1. When you find the book you'd like to borrow, click Borrow.
    2. Select University of Alaska Fairbanks - Elmer E. Rasmuson from the drop down menu.
      Select UAF from the list
    3. Type in your Card Number from your Polar Express ID, your Library PIN, and click Sign In.

      Note: For your Library PIN try using the last four digits of your UA ID. If this doesn't work call the Rasmuson Library Circulation desk at 907-474-7481.

      Alaska Digital Library Login Information

    4. Select the number of days you'd like to borrow the book for. Choices are 7, 14, or 21 days; and click Borrow.
      Choose the number of days you'd like to keep the book checked out
    5. Select the format you wish to download (note, this isn't always an option) and click Confirm & Download.
      In this example we are downloading the EPUB format.
      Select the reader you'll be using

If you need help downloading a book or have technical issues, contact us at

This page was last modified on February 17, 2020