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Last Updated: May 15, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Library Background

Library Overview


Library Background and Policies

      Anchorage Public Library provides resources to enrich the lives and empower the future of our diverse community, while preserving the past for generations to come.

The first Anchorage library appeared in the new tent city on Ship Creek in 1917. Today’s bustling Anchorage Public Library circulates over 1.7 million books, media and downloadable materials a year. The main Z.J. Loussac Library and its four neighborhood libraries (Chugiak-Eagle River, Mountain View, Muldoon and Girdwood's Gerrish Branches) serve over 940,000 visitors each year, which exceeds total attendance at the Sullivan Arena by more than 74%. Over 70,000 children and adults participate in library programs each year.

Library Policies

         APL Facility
         APL Code of Conduct
         Collection Development - Donation Policy & Procedure
         Donor and Naming Policy
         Group Study Rooms
         Group Visit/Tour
         In-Library Computer Equipment Loan
         Interlibrary Loan
         Computer Use and Internet WiFi
         Lost, Stolen or Damaged Materials 
         Loussac Grounds Use
         Loussac Grounds Use for Purposes of Public Assembly
         Photography/Film Request Form
         Photography and Filming
         Social Networking

Budget & Staff

The Loussac Library and four neighborhood libraries are served by 61 full time and 30 part time staff, which includes librarians, shelvers, library assistants, community outreach and more. The annual operating budget is about $8.5M.

Click here for Municipality of Anchorage budgets.

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*To search for Library employees, SELECT 'Economic and Community Development'.


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