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For Homeschool Groups

We are happy to welcome homeschoolers to visit at any time as families or in larger groups. Periodically we offer classes on using library resources for homeschoolers. Contact your librarian to find out the next program. Additionally we may be able to go to your group and do the training at an outside location. Dates and times may be limited. Please contact the librarian at your preferred location directly.


For Scout Groups

We always welcome Scout groups to visit the library. If you need a tour or would like us to prepare some research materials for your research/badge project, please let us know at least two weeks in advance. Even if you do not require librarian assistance or a tour, we would appreciate knowing about your planned visit at least one week in advance to prepare staffing levels.

Preschool Groups

Groups of less than 10 people total (including adults) are welcome to join an existing storytime. While we appreciate a phone call or an email, this is not necessary.

Groups of more than 10 people, or groups that want a special storytime or tour should directly call the youth services librarian at the location they are interested in. We may still be able to accommodate you at regular storytimes, but that will vary. Due to staff constraints, we may not be able to accommodate every request.

Loussac Only – tours of the children’s area only (not the entire Loussac building) and a short mini-storytime may be available, but we are limited to how many groups can be accommodated in a month.


School Groups

Please contact the location you are interested in directly. Hours and availability may be limited.

Tours: Neighborhood libraries may be able to offer full tours, but Loussac is limited to self-directed tours with brief (5 to 10 minute) introductions to library resources.

Visits: Even if you do not require a tour, we still request that anytime a group of more than 10 plan to visit a location, they inform us so that we can adequately plan staffing levels. We may not be able to accommodate multiple schools visiting at the same time.

Library Cards: Students with existing APL cards will be able to check out items during the school visit. For students without an APL card, they may complete online registration here prior to their visit and receive their APL card during their visit. They will be issued unverified library cards that will allow them to check out three items. After they come in (at a future date) with their parent, their parent's ID, and a piece of mail that verifies their address, they will be granted full borrowing privileges. Some ASD students have opted in to receive APL cards during online school registration. Students with these special library cards (issued by their school librarian) may bring them to the library to check out up to three items.

Research Materials: With a minimum of a week’s notice, our library staff is happy to gather materials for your group if you will be researching a specific topic. This is especially useful at Loussac if you are researching an Alaskan topic since the Alaska collection does not open until noon.

To Schedule a Librarian to Visit Your School: Please contact the librarian at the location closest to your school, the home/neighborhood library of most of your students. We especially focus on outreach visits to schools during April and May to promote the summer reading program, but are happy to work with you throughout the year.


All Other Groups

In accordance with our group visit policy, please contact the librarian at the location you plan to visit at least two weeks in advance even for visits where you do not require a tour or specific librarian assistance. Advance notice allows to plan for adequate staffing levels. Groups with children under age 8, must have at least 1 adult per 7 children.

We look forward to your visit!


Contact Information

Pleaase contact your preferred location directly and/or the neighborhood library for the majority of your group.

Loussac Library

For preschool groups:
Linda Klein, 343-2853,

For elementary school, scout, or homeschool groups:
Elizabeth Nicolai, 343-2840,

For middle and high school groups:
Jon Ebron, 343-2938,

Chugiak-Eagle River Library

Dean Brovold, 343-1534

Gerrish (Girdwood) Library

Claire Agni, 343-4074

Mountain View Library

Virginia McClure, 343-2907

Muldoon Library

Kristin Nevin, 343-4035

For general information and overall youth policies

Youth Services Coordinator,
Elizabeth Nicolai 343-2840


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