About APL

The Anchorage Public Library serves the Municipality of Anchorage, with five locations from Eagle River to Girdwood. APL is an asset to the community to build strong, educated people and is constantly evolving to meet our patrons’ needs. Our programming is inclusive of all backgrounds, and the library is a place where people can meet others who are different from them, spreading ideas and cultures across different communities.

APL Long-Range Plan, 2016

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Mission

The Anchorage Public Library is an essential partner in building and sustaining a literate citizenry, transforming lives through information and knowledge, and enhancing Anchorage’s quality of life.

Our Vision

We envision an Anchorage Public Library that works to ensure that the people of Anchorage will always have the information resources they need to live successful and productive lives and deal with the challenges in the city.

  • We seek to be a boundary-spanning organization that works with other agencies and individuals to serve as a catalyst for individual and community improvement.
  • We celebrate the diversity of our community and welcome all who wish to learn and grow.
  • We provide conveniently located facilities that offer comfortable, stimulating learning experiences as well as services that go directly to where you, our patrons, need us to be.

History

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 digital 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%. Additionally, over 60,000 children and adults participate in library programs each year.

The History of the Anchorage Public Library