Services / Public

Who can use ARLIS?
ARLIS is open to the public, as well as members of its founding agencies.

When is ARLIS open?
The library is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ARLIS is located in the UAA library building and most of the ARLIS collection is available during the hours the building is open. Check the UAA/APU Consortium Library website for current hours. ARLIS is closed for most holidays observed by both the state and federal government.

Can I check out books?
Most books, reports and other materials are available to be checked out for four weeks with one four-week renewal.

Do I need an ARLIS library card?
ARLIS honors library cards from other libraries which participate in the Joint LIbrary Catalog: Anchorage Public Libraries and the UAA/APU Consortium Library. ARLIS library cards are available upon approval of a written application.  Photo identification is required. The ARLIS card allows the user to check out up to 25 items for four weeks with one four-week renewal.

Can I renew the books I check out?
Books may be renewed online, using your library card account and personal identication number, or by calling the ARLIS reference desk at 27-ARLIS (272-7547).  Renew your books BEFORE the due date to avoid overdue fines.

Where do I return books?
ARLIS books may be returned to the book drop inside the library or to the Consortium Library circulation desk. A book drop is also available outside the UAA Social Sciences Building and books may be returned there any time of day or night.

Books checked out from ARLIS, the Anchorage Public Libraries or the UAA/APU Consortium Library may be returned to any of these cooperating libraries.

Does ARLIS provide interlibrary loan services?
ARLIS will borrow materials for founding agency patrons only. Borrowing services extend to part time, seasonal, and temporary employees of founding agencies, but are not available to contractors who may be working with these agencies. UAA faculty, staff and students do not receive interlibrary loan borrowing privileges from ARLIS; they have access to these services at Consortium Library Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery.

Interlibrary loan services for the general public are available at Consortium Library’s Info Quest  or Anchorage Public Library Interlibrary Loan. Fees may apply.

What about overdue fines?
Books and other items checked out from ARLIS that become overdue will accrue fines at the rate of $.25 per item per day. Fines may be paid at the UAA/APU Consortium Library circulation desk or at any Anchorage Public Library. Fines cannot be paid at ARLIS. To avoid overdue fines, renew books BEFORE the due date.

Fines for materials from the Anchorage Public Library or the UAA/APU Consortium Library must be paid at those libraries. ARLIS does not accept fines.

What if I do not live in Anchorage?
ARLIS library cards are available to any Alaska resident living on the road system connecting to Anchorage.

Users who do not live on the road system or live out-of-state may borrow materials by requesting them through interlibrary loan from their local library.

Can I make photocopies at ARLIS?
Coin operated photocopiers are available in the Consortium Library Copy Center, adacent to ARLIS. Copies are $.15 per page. 

Two overhead-style books scanners are available for use, without charge, in the Consortium Library Copy Center. Scans may be sent to an email account or, more practically, saved to a USB thumb drive.

I can’t find your journal holdings in the catalog. How do I know what journals you have?
The catalog does not currently have our complete journal holdings. In the meantime, please check our list of electronic and print journals. If you have questions, please contact the reference desk (call 907-272-7547 or e-mail to

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