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Instruction: Getting Acquainted With the Library

Getting Acquainted With the Library

To begin getting acquainted with the UAF Rasmuson Library:

  • if you're on campus, take a walk around the library in person. 
  • if you're off campus, the Rasmuson Library web site provides detailed information about our services and and collections. Similar services are available at most academic libraries.


Popular Services

The library has many services available. The most popular services are:

More unique services include:

Access to Library Databases

Rasmuson library subscribes to more than 170 databases spanning all disciplines! Resources are frequently added.

Database Access

  • While on campus, almost all library databases are accessible to patrons without being prompted to login.
  • Off-campus use of library databases is restricted to UAF faculty, students, and staff.
    Remote access to library databases requires that you log in with your UAF email username and password. If you have not activated your UAF email account, you must do so in order to use Rasmuson Library's online database while off-campus.  To activate your account, contact the Office of Information Technology at 907-450-8300, 800-478-8226, or Accounts are available to UAF students, faculty, and staff.

UAF Campus Libraries

There are two main libraries physically located on the UAF Campus.

  • Elmer E. Rasmuson Library is located on the east side of campus, and contains a general collection of books as well as unique and special collections related to Alaska.
  • Keith Mather Library, also known as the GI library, is located on the west side of campus. This library supports both the Geophysical Institute and the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska as well as the geophysical research community. The Mather Library is also home to the graduate-level Biosciences collection.

E-Mail & Blackboard/Canvas

You may already have a personal e-mail account. However, a UAF e-mail account is required to access Blackboard and Canvas.

Blackboard and Canvas are web-based course delivery systems. Documents, assignments, and information about this course (LS101) are accessible through Blackboard or Canvas (whichever platform your instructor chooses to use).

You'll also use your UAF email for all correspondence with your instructors.

Library Help

We're here to help! Ask your question today.

Technical Help

Answers to many of your computing problems can be answered through the Office of Information Technology (OIT). OIT provides email services, computer labs, a Help Desk, technical help, training and more.

To get help from OIT, stop by the Computer lab in 319 Bunnell. Or you may contact OIT via:

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 907-450-8300 for Fairbanks and its vicinity; 1-800-478-8226 elsewhere within Alaska.
  • Fax: 907-450-8312
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
1732 Tanana Loop
PO Box 756800
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6800
Phone: 907-474-7481​​
Text: 907-341-4404​

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