Getting Acquainted With the Library

In addition to providing access to information resources online, the Rasmuson Library web site provides detailed information about departments, services and collections. To begin getting acquainted with the UAF Rasmuson Library take a walk around, exploring the library in person. Similar services are available in most libraries. Notice what services are available and where specific services and collections are located. Ask yourself, why would I use this?

Maps of the library are available and are convenient guides to what services and/or collections are located on each floor. These maps are also available in print form at the Reference on the Level 4 (main floor) of the library. Or, ask at the Circulation or Reference Desk for assistance in locating specific items or services.

Additional information is available for specific services and resources. Read what some of the major services and departments have to offer at Circulation, Reference, Interlibrary Loan, Media Services, Reserve Materials, Alaska and Polar Regions, Government Documents, the BioSciences collection at the Mather Library, and Collection Development by accessing the appropriate link from the Rasmuson Library web site. For example, the Interlibrary Loan page provides information on what Interlibrary loan is, how long it takes, renewals, general policies, Web Document Delivery, and an online request form. Then take a few moments to read the answers to a few FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) to important recurring questions.

In addition to services and collections, many resources can now be accessed from the Rasmuson Library web site. The library currently subscribes to more than 170 databases spanning all disciplines. Additional resources are frequently added. See the Resources by Subject page for the current subject or alphabetical lists of online databases and access to information resources available online. All of the online resources can be used in the Rasmuson Library, the Mather Library and the UAF Community and Technical College. Off-Campus use is often restricted to UAF faculty, students and staff. This means that remote access to some information resources requires that you log in with your UAF email username and password. If you have not activated your UAF email account, you must do so in order to use Rasmuson Library's online products from off-campus.  To activate your account, contact the Office of Information Technology at 907-450-8300, 800-478-8226, or Accounts are available to UAF students, faculty, and staff.

UAF Campus Libraries

There are two main libraries physically located on the UAF Campus.

  • Elmer E. Rasmuson Library is located on the east side of campus, and contains a general collection of books as well as unique collections related to Alaska.
  • Keith Mather Library, also known as the GI library, is located on the west side of campus. This library supports both the Geophysical Institute and the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska as well as the geophysical research community. The Mather Library is also home to the graduate-level Biosciences collection.

E-Mail & Blackboard

You may already have a personal e-mail account. However, a UAF e-mail account is required to access Blackboard. Blackboard is a web-based course delivery system. Documents, assignments, and information about this course (LS101) will be accessible through the Blackboard system. You'll also use your UAF email for all correspondence with your instructors.

Technical Help

Answers to many of your computing problems can be answered through the Office of Information Technology (OIT). OIT provides email services, computer labs, a Help Desk, technical help, training and more.

To get help from OIT, stop by the Computer lab in 319 Bunnell. Or you may contact OIT via:

  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 907-450-8300 for Fairbanks and its vicinity; 1-800-478-8226 elsewhere within Alaska.
  • Fax: 907-450-8312
This page was last modified on February 9, 2019