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Last Updated: May 19, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Latest Loussac Renovation Update

May 20, 2015

WATCH CHILDREN—With construction ongoing in public areas, it is vital that children are watched carefully both in the library and on library grounds, to avoid injury or getting lost. Children 8 and younger MUST be supervised at all times by an adult or a youth 14 or older.

BOOK DROPS MOVED 90 degrees—Use caution when dropping off books and following the new traffic pattern through the Staff Parking Lot.

BUILDING WALLS LEVEL 2—Walls under construction in former fiction area.

SW OUTSIDE WALL DEMOLITION—Workers using jackhammers to take down wall for expansion.

ONGOING LOUD NOISE AND BUILDING VIBRATING— If noise becomes an issue, request a pair of ear plugs at service desks on levels 2 and 3.

2 SW EXITS CLOSED—The stairwell at the end of the Assembly hallway on level 1 and the Emergency Exit above it on level 2 are CLOSED. They are marked with a candle stick, an X yellow/black caution tape and a sign No Exit. Please look for nearest exit as these are no longer options in case of building evacuation.

Construction will run from 7 am-5:30 pm, M-F. Sunday schedule not predetermined. NO CONSTRUCTION WORK ON SATURDAYS.

May 16, 2015   

FICTION RELOCATED—Adult fiction (novels) and LargeType moved to level 3.   New fiction and other genres remain on level 2.

RENOVATION GROUNDBREAKING—Shovels hit the dirt Friday, May 15 at 9 am to resounding applause.

SECURITY OFFICE—Renovation on level 2 is anticipated to  continue for another month.

PHASE ONE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS MAY 19. Watch for these changes:

  • Access to the Loussac public parking lot on the south end ONLY via 40thAvenue off Denali Street.
  • SHARROCK WAY HAS CLOSED from Barrow Street to the Alaska Collection bridge. Handicapped parking on Sharrock next to Loussac and small parking lot off Denali OPEN.
  • SW parking lot CLOSED
  • OUTSIDE BOOK DROP BINS are being moved to employee parking lot. Beware traffic pattern changes.
  • Parking lane next to Barrow Street closed for use as construction staging area.
  • Public Conference Room, level 1, not available for meetings, rental, or programs. Check schedule for new locations.

PREPARE FOR LOUD NOISEAND BUILDING VIBRATING—Construction will run approximately 7:30 am‐5:30 pm, M‐F. Sunday schedule not yet decided.   NO CONSTRUCTION WORK ON SATURDAYS.


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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 and scanning - available at all locations.
BW copy = 20 cents per page. Color copy = $1.00 per page.
BW photocopying (no color copier) = 20 cents per page.
Scanning is free, but must insert 20cents to activate, but 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 use one of the forms below. Click here for Interlibrary Loan. Reference librarians can assist you during open library hours.

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. Over 140 titles available! To find the Book Club Bags in the 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” for the entire list. Book Club Bags will be available for one 6-week checkout (NO renewals).  Place a hold on the kit of your choice to reserve your bag. Click here for the list of titles. Click here for the Book Club Bag brochure.

Test Proctoring

APL offers test proctoring services at Loussac Library.
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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