Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS) provides information in person and around the world through its website, online document servers, and international library networks. As a partnership library and research hub, ARLIS combines the collections of, serves as the archives for, and supports the management, research, and decision-making missions of its Founding entities. Open to the public on the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus, library users range from environmental consultants and interest groups to development and non-profit communities, as well as students, faculty, and other researchers. Specialized services, such as onsite database access, document delivery, in-depth research, and interlibrary loan, are available for Founding and Contributing members. ARLIS also undertakes contract and other specialized research and bibliographic work, including digital transfer and database production with linked full text.

The services available to all visitors to ARLIS are as follows:



Reference Services

Reference is available to visitors by appointment only.  Please call 907-786-7651 and you will be prompted to leave your reference question or your request for appointment.  Or you may e-mail


ARLIS Catalog Search

The Alaska Library Catalog is freely available to all users at the ARLIS home page. The catalog includes the holdings of 87 Alaska libraries. After the initial search, results may be limited to the ARLIS collection.


User Access

ARLIS provides walk-in visitors with onsite access to all e-journals and databases, as well as check-out services.


Library Cards

ARLIS honors library cards from other libraries that participate in the Alaska Library Catalog. ARLIS library cards are available upon approval of a written application. Photo identification is required.


Book Checkout

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


Check-Out Limits

Users may check out up to 25 items.


Book Renewals

Books may be renewed online, using your library card account and personal identification number, or by calling the ARLIS reference desk. Renew your books BEFORE the due date to avoid overdue fines.


Book Return Location

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

A book drop is available outside the UAA Consortium Library north entrance and books may be returned there any time of day or night.


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. Online fine payment is available 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 may be paid at those libraries or online.


Location Restrictions

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.



Three 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 saved to a USB thumb drive.


Journal Access

ARLIS currently has 50,000+ journals that visitors may access electronically by visiting ARLIS in person. Visitors also have access to ARLIS’s paper journal collection. The A-Z list of journals is available for browsing via the Journals for Visitors link under the “Resources” tab at the ARLIS website. When searching the library catalog, keep in mind not all journal titles are cataloged.

Additional Services

Founder Services

Registered Founders are entitled to additional services both in-person and online.

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Interlibrary Loan

ARLIS will borrow materials through ILL for Founding agency patrons and Contributing members.

View ILLiad Services


ARLIS offers scanning services for small and large scale projects as well as for individual patrons.

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Become a Founder

ARLIS Founders receive access to additional services, including Interlibrary Loan, extended checkout periods, free on-site parking, and more.