About the Library


Welcome to The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library of The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Containing more than 1.75 million items, we are the largest library in the state of Alaska.

The Rasmuson Library has one of the world's finest collections of Alaska and Polar Regions materials including books, periodicals, photography, manuscripts, films, oral histories, rare books, and maps. The collections are centered on Alaska but include many items about the Circumpolar North and Antarctica. Subject bibliographers, archivists, anthropologists and historians on the APRCA staff are available for reference and research assistance.

The Library Catalog can be used to locate books, videos, government documents, and other materials owned by the UAF Rasmuson Library, the Keith Mather Geophysical Institute Library, and other libraries throughout the state.

Librarians and library staff assist students in using library resources and can give guidance on how to best locate research and information resources both in the library and beyond, regardless of format. As always, seeking out help and assistance from reference staff early in the research process can save many hours of frustrating work.

Want to know more? View a short video about Rasmuson Library.

For historical information about the library see University of Alaska's Elmer E. Rasmuson Library page.

Mission Statement

​The University of Alaska Fairbanks Libraries advances the University’s mission through education and the creation, acquisition, management, preservation, and dissemination of information resources.

Vision Statement

  • Promoting Information Literacy
  • Maximizing information access and delivery to the UAF community, Alaska, and others
  • Being the library of choice for researchers on Alaska and the circumpolar North
This page was last modified on March 2, 2015