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.


Rasmuson Library Archives Has Reopened!

The Rasmuson Library Alaska & Polar Regions Collections and Archives department has reopened in its newly renovated space on level 2. The area required extensive work after a flood in 2017.

Assistant Archivists Becky Butler and Rose Speranza are still settling in but are available to help researchers. Research visits can be arranged by calling 907-474-2791 or emailing

“We appreciate all the concern and support our research community has shown over the closure period, and we think you’ll be pleased when you see the spruced-up research room,” said Karen Jensen, Director of Libraries.

The library will host an open house in October 2019, during National Archives Month.

To get updates about the archives and other library services or collections, visit the library website or follow Rasumson Library on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

For more information, contact Karen Jensen at 907-474-6695or

Student assistant Josh Fontana and assistant archivist Becky Butler vanquish dust and grime in the renovated archives space in the Rasmuson Library. Photo courtesy of the Rasmuson Library.
Student assistant Josh Fontana and Assistant Archivist Becky Butler vanquish dust and grime in the renovated archives space in Rasmuson Library. 

This page was last modified on March 12, 2019