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Explore the world with your library card! With a library account, you can check out books and movies, use Internet computers, and download e-books, audio books and music! You can also login into your account online to place holds while searching the catalog, renew materials and update your contact information.

Why should I get a library card?

How do I get my library card?

What’s a PIN number and how do I get one?

Youth cards

Fines for items returned late

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Why should I get a library card?

An Anchorage Public Library Card is an important tool. With your library card you will be able to:

    • Check out books, magazines, movies, downloadable books, storypackets and more at APL’s five locations and partner libraries, including UAA/APU, Juneau Public and ARLIS
    • Internet access on public computers
    • Place up to 10 hold requests on materials from our catalog. (Once notified by email or phone, you have 7-days to pickup holds!)
    • Gain full access to APL’s virtual library: Listen Alaska, hoopla digital & Freegal!
    • Research online databases
    • Suggest purchases
    • Access My Account online to place holds and renew items
    • Access Interlibrary loans or checkout in-library computer use equipment (must have a verified account and present your library card to staff)
    • Attend fun and educational events! Click here for Library Event Calendar.
      **Beginning April 29, 2016, APL cardholders may place up to 10 holds per library card.

How do I get my library card?

If you are an Anchorage resident, fill out this registration form and then bring photo ID to the front desk at any APL location to verify your account and get your card. You will also need to bring a postmarked piece of mail that confirms your address. Mail must be addressed to you, in the envelope and postmarked within the past 2 weeks (i.e. this month’s utility bill). Out-of-envelope mail, check stubs, etc. are not accepted.
Other: Alaska reciprocal library member: free card, 3-item limit. Non-Resident: $90 yearly, full borrowing privileges at APL. Visitor/guest cards: $25 for 3 months, 3-item limit.

What’s a PIN number and how do I get one?

Your PIN number is your password to access your library account online. To get your PIN, go to any library information desk or call 343-2975, select #5. Once you logon with your library card and PIN numbers at My Account, you may renew items, change your pin number, place holds, and suspend holds. NOTE: Items with holds may not be renewed.

Youth cards

Children under the age of 18 can get a card with full-privileges when they fill out the registration form above and come to the library with a parent or legal guardian. When the child receives the card, they also need to fill out a verification card for their parent to bring in with them (this is a postcard that is mailed to the parent/guardian).

This postcard makes the parent aware that the child has filtered internet access and confirms that the parent is financially responsible for the items checked out on the youth card. The child will also gain full borrowing privileges when the registration card is signed (the child does not need to accompany the parent to sign the registration card). 

Youth can get a library card without a parent present, but it will be the unverified limited card, until the parent/guardian comes to the library and verifies the info and signs the registration card.

Fines for items returned late

    • 50¢/day - adult books
    • 25¢/day - magazines, youth books and storypackets
    • $1/day - all media (DVDs, CDs, VHS, audio books, Playaways) and book club bags
    • $5 maximum fines per item; items over 17 days late will be charged a replacement fee, plus a $5 processing fee per item. See staff for details.
    • Fines may be paid in person at any APL branch with cash, credit or debit card. Library does not use an online payment system.
    • Fines of $100 and more are sent to a collection agency.

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