See our Library Services Updates page for information about changes to Rasmuson Library Services.

UAF students, staff, and faculty can now enter the library to pick out or to return their own materials, accessing the library by PolarExpress card.

Public library patrons can again place holds on our materials through the public library's catalog. Items can be picked up at the Noel Wien Library or the North Pole Branch.

University patrons who are reluctant to enter the library can still check materials out by appointment. Set an appointment to pick up items.

Visit the UA coronavirus information website to learn how the University of Alaska is responding to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and find links to communications, policy guidance and resources.



There are two types of reserves: electronic and hard copy.

  1. Electronic reserves are password protected and accessible online via your enrolled Blackboard course. Blackboard is available through your Google Apps login.
  2. Hard copy reserves: The Reserve desk houses personal hard copies of items as well as materials which are in high demand and/or short supply, and which have been designated by the instructor to be available for check out for limited periods of time (typically 2-72 hours). For information on how to put an item on reserve, see Placing Material on Reserve.

    Due to the COVID-19 threat, we are limiting materials on reserve to one (1) user per day. After an item is returned, it must sit overnight before being checked out to another person.

    To search for Reserves held at the Rasmuson Library Circulation desk:

  • Go to the Library Catalog
  • Change the Collections drop down to Course Reserves; select an option from the second drop down (e.g., Course Name, Course ID, Instructor Name); type in your terms; and click Search.
    Searching for Course Reserves Example
  • If you need assistance, contact the Reference Desk
This page was last modified on August 19, 2020