Alaska State Library

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Alaska State Library
Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum Building.jpg
The Andrew P. Kashevaroff building
EstablishedJune 6, 1900 (1900-06-06)
LocationJuneau, Alaska
Coordinates58°18′0.1692″N 134°24′57.3005″W / 58.300047000°N 134.415916806°W / 58.300047000; -134.415916806Coordinates: 58°18′0.1692″N 134°24′57.3005″W / 58.300047000°N 134.415916806°W / 58.300047000; -134.415916806
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The Alaska State Library and Historical Collections and Talking Book Center are located on the second floor of the Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building in Juneau, Alaska.

Mission statement[edit]

The Alaska State Library:

  • promotes and coordinates library services to the community of Alaskan libraries,
  • serves as the primary research library for state government, and
  • collects, preserves, and makes accessible Alaska-related materials.[1]

About the Library[edit]

The State Library coordinates library services throughout the state and serves as the information resource for the state government and the Legislature. It includes the Historical Section, which collects Alaskana and preserves private papers and materials of historical value to the state. The State Library also collects, catalogs and makes available state agency publications.[2] This is done through the Documents Depository, which distributes the publications to depository libraries throughout the state.

The State Library administers federal and state grants for public library construction and services.[3] It coordinates the Alaska Library Network (ALN), which provides interlibrary loans, cooperative collection development, and resource sharing among libraries. The Governor's Advisory Council on Libraries advises on the federal long-range spending plan.[4]

Since 1950, the library has offered a mail service that will transport books to patrons in remote areas of the state.[5] The mail services allows for materials to be checked out for up to eight weeks with a chance to renew up to four additional weeks.[6]

Talking Book Center[edit]

The Talking Book Center provides blind, visually impaired, and physically impaired individuals, who cannot read standard print, with audio books, large print, and Braille materials. The program serves the entire state and is free to those who are eligible.

Patrons of the service are also eligible to download thousands of available audio and braille books and magazines via Braille & Audio Reading Download (BARD) service. In September 2013, the BARD mobile application for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch became available as a free download in the iTunes App Store. The Android mobile application is also available as a free download.


  1. ^ Library, Alaska State. "About | Alaska State Library". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  2. ^ Library, Alaska State. "Publications Program | Alaska State Library". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  3. ^ Library, Alaska State. "Grants for Alaskan Libraries | Alaska State Library". Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  4. ^ Library, Alaska State. "Governor's Advisory Council on Libraries". Archived from the original on 2016-09-11. Retrieved 2016-08-31.
  5. ^ FERRELL, Nancy (March 1983). "Alaska's Flying Library". Library Journal. 108: 554–555. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Alaska Mail Services". Juneau Public Libraries. City and Borough of Juneau. Retrieved 26 October 2019.

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