BioSciences Library Now Closed

The UAF BioSciences Library is now permanently closed.  Our reference collection and print-only journals have been moved to the Keith B. Mather Library. The circulation collection will be redistributed over the coming year between the Rasmuson and Mather libraries, or stored in closed stacks.

In the meantime, bioscience items can be requested through Interlibrary Loan or patrons can browse the stacks by appointment only.

For research assistance, to make an appointment, for urgent requests, or to have an item placed in the circulation collection, contact Science Librarian Steven Hunt at Mather Library ( or 474-1177).

For up-to-date information follow the BioSciences Update blog from the Rasmuson Library home page (

Steven Hunt Begins as Science Librarian

Today Steven Hunt joined the Rasmuson Library staff as the Science Librarian. He will be working with the BioSciences move committee on the  transition of materials and services to the Keith B. Mather and Rasmuson libraries.

He will work with patrons wishing assistance with research other reference services. For assistance with inter-library loan and other such library services, contact Katherine O’Brien ( or Elizabeth Tahick ( After June 30, Katherine and Elizabeth will be at Rasmuson Library.

Steven’s office is in the Keith B. Mather Library, room 202C. He  can also be reached at (907) 474-1177 or


Questions About the Move

We’ve had some great questions about the move. Here is the first, from Shana Loshbaugh:

In general, this makes sense.  I do, however, have some concerns.  Does this mean much of the material now in the BioScience Library will be purged?  Will the Mather Library still be closed evenings and weekends?  Can anything be done about the lack of parking near the Rasmuson?

And here are our answers:

Our intention is to preserve the BioSciences Library collection and move items to the location that best suits patrons. Library faculty and staff, led by Science Librarian Steven Hunt, will carefully review all items in the BioSciences collection over the next year. There are four possibilities for each item: (1) move to Mather Library; (2) move to Rasmuson Library; (3) move to storage, available within 24 hours; (4) if the item is out of date, a duplicate, or available in electronic form, it may be removed from the collection. The committee helping to guide the move will also be reviewing the whole list of items with their colleagues to ensure that we don’t miss something.

The Mather library hours are still under discussion. We’ll update this page as soon as they have been determined.

As for parking, that’s a great question for Parking Services (by phone at 907-474-PARK (7275) or 907-474-7384; by email ). Please note that as well as in front, parking is available in the Taku Lot, just behind the library.

BioSciences Library to Close June 30, 2014

        Fairbanks, Alaska—The UAF BioSciences Library is slated to be closed on June 30, 2014. Students and faculty will be able to use the library as usual until that date. After June 30, library materials will be borrowed through the Keith B. Mather or Rasmuson libraries or by using standard inter-library loan procedures.

A core collection of reference materials and current journals will be transferred to the Mather in June, as will frequently borrowed items.

Enabling the space to be used by services being brought from off-campus is in keeping with university cost-saving measures.

Also in June, Science Librarian Steven Hunt will open an office in the Mather Library to provide reference and research services. Other BioSciences library staff will move to Rasmuson Library and will be available via phone and email to provide patron services, including pulling and reserving materials and answering general questions.

A committee of UAF leadership, faculty users and library staff are working on the details of the move. Committee members are: Provost Susan Henrichs; Dean of Libraries Bella Gerlich; from Mather Library, Flora Grabowska; from Rasmuson Library, Karen Jensen, Suzan Hahn, John Kawula and Kit Shannon; from BioSciences Library, Katherine O’Brien; from IAB and Biology and Wildlife, Perry Barboza; from CNSM, Brian Edmonds; from SNRE, John Yarie; from SFOS, Russell Hopcroft; and, from the UA Museum of the North, Stefanie Ickert-Bond. Patrons may contact members directly or leave comments on the blog.