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How to Get a Library Card & Access Your Library Account

As of February 2, 2017 - Online Payments System (BLUEcloud Commerce)

  1.    Logon to My Account with your library card and PIN numbers
  2.    Select your Fines Tab to view amount 
  3.    Click 'pay with debit or credit card' blue button. Provide an email address to be emailed a receipt.
  4.    Complete the payment form and click submit.  
    Accounts in Collections will NOT be able to pay online. Please see a staff member.


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               Strategic Plan & 2016-17 Task List

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Library Services

Library Meeting Room Reservations

Internet Access

Ready to Read Resource Center

Live Homework Help

Research Assistance

Interlibrary Loan  -  Interlibrary Loan Brochure

Suggest a Purchase

Book Club Bags

Alaska Collection Resources

Test Proctoring -  Service Suspended, October 2015

Library Collections

  • Fiction Books-Best sellers, popular genre and the classics.
  • Nonfiction Books- Covering a wide range of subjects.
  • Large Type Books - Some popular fiction, nonfiction and children's.
  • Media - Movies, music and audio books.
  • Youth - Picture books, fiction, nonfiction, magazines, and media for pre-schoolers to young adults.
  • Periodicals - Some major newspapers and popular magazines.
  • Research - Database access to articles in magazines, journals, newspapers, and other resources.
  • Downloadables - Ebooks, audiobooks and music to download to your device anytime, day or night.
  • Book Club Bags -  Click here for the list of titles.
  • Storypackets - Bags that contain multiple copies of a title and reading aids for young readers. Click here for more info. 


Anchorage Public Library makes its facilities, services and collections accessible to meet the needs of all patrons. Library staff are always ready to assist with locating materials, operating the catalog and other equipment or reaching items from high or low shelves. Click here for more information.

Click here for the Talking Book Center.

Internet Access

All APL locations are Wi-Fi hotspots. Library computers with Internet access are also available at all library locations, although restrictions such as time limits do apply. Stations are offered on a first come, first served basis. Check at any reference desk for availability. In addition to surfing the Internet, you can check Web-based e-mail and use word processing. Click here for the Alaska Internet Circle of Safety, with tips for kids.

Printing, Copying & Scanning Services

WiFi Mobile Printing now available via PrinterOn App.  Download App to your device, then send documents by WiFi, pay and print at the library.
Printing costs: 

     BW copy = 20 cents per page. Color copy = $1.00 per page.
     BW photocopying only (no color copier) = 20 cents per page.
     If you only have credit card or debit card, you must pay the library cashier.
Scanning is free, but you must insert 20-cents to activate, and money is returned after scanning is complete. Please bring USB flashdrive to save scanned files. Library has some flashdrive available. We take library card or ID for in-library use only. See Reference staff for assistance.

Research Assistance

Reference librarians are available at all library locations during open hours to answer questions and assist with research needs. Telephone reference is available during Loussac Library hours at 343-2975 and choose from the menu.  Click here to use Ask a Librarian to ask a question via e-mail. E-Mail questions may  take up to 24-72 hours for a response.

Reference service includes providing access to information, library materials and basic assistance with library equipment (computers, copiers, scanners, printers) and electronic resources (online catalog, databases and software). Reference service does not include compiling, interpreting, or arranging information; completing forms or homework assignments; photocopying or proofreading documents; making mathematical calculations; providing legal or medical advice, child care, counseling, or crisis intervention. Reference service does not include extensive computer troubleshooting and instruction about specific applications and web sites that involve personal information.

Genealogy Reference

Z.J. Loussac Library's Genealogy Reference area has many materials for beginning and researching your family history. You may access the Heritage Quest  database from home with your library card number; and the Ancestry - Library Edition is accessible only on library computers.

Genealogy resources and organizations in the Anchorage area include the LDS Family History Center and Anchorage Genealogy Society. Both organizations hold basic and intermediate classes throughout the year, monthly meetings, as well as day-long seminars with leading genealogists and family historians.
NOTE: June 2014, the Regional Archives at NARA's Pacific Alaska Region, Anchorage office closed and moved collections to Seattle. Search NARA records online at

Interlibrary Loan

If you can not find an item in the library catalog, you may submit an Interlibrary Loan or ILL. We will try to find the material in another library and borrow it for you. The whole process can take 2-6 weeks. Search WorldCat to find the item you want. Use the ILL button in WorldCat to submit your ILL directly; or contact for email assistance.

Reference librarians can assist you during open library hours, Telephone Reference: 343-2975, ext.6.  Click here for Interlibrary Loan Logon and Registration page. You may Login to your ILLiad account to check request status. Interlibrary Loan Department Phone/Voicemail always available: 343-2826.

Book Club Bags

Reserve a kit that contains 8-10 copies of a book and a reader’s guide, all in a handy bag to take to your next book club meeting. 
Click here for the APL Book Club Bag brochure and the list of titles.

To search for Book Club Bags kits in the Library Catalog, either search for the title you are interested in and look for the catalog entry with “[kit]” in the title, or search for “APL Book Club Bag”. Book Club Bags will be available for one 6-week checkout (NO renewals).  Place a hold request on the kit  to reserve your bag.

 Test Proctoring - (Service Suspended, October 2015)

APL test proctoring services at Loussac Library are currently suspended.
Click here for test proctor scheduling procedures. Please contact Nate Howes in advance to schedule your test(s). Nate Howes voicemail: 343-2925 or email:


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