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.
APL Code of Conduct
Collection Development - Donation Policy & Procedure
Donor and Naming Policy
Group Study Rooms
In-Library Computer Equipment 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
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.