COVID-19 Service Updates

Anchorage Public Library will continually monitor and follow all city and state guidelines for safely operating. This page will have the most current information on location specific closures. You may also get additional information at

Current Anchorage Public Library System Status

Holds Pickup and Card Verification only (no indoor service)

Location closures

  • All locations are open for curbside service.

7/24/2020 Update

Out of an abundance of caution we have returned to out-of-building service only. This means we are are limiting service to holds pickup with curbside appointment or walk-up service and library card verification. Please follow on-site instructions to pick up your items, masks remain required to interact with staff and, of course our outdoor book drop is open.

We are also happy to report that staff previously affected by possible COVID-19 exposure will be able to resume library duties soon due to receiving negative test results or other considerations. We thank the community for your concern and support and ask that everyone work together to help keep our library services available to all.

Help spread #907LibraryLove not COVID-19. Stay at least 6 feet from others. Wear a mask or cloth face covering. And wash your hands often.

Additional Information

We want to reassure our community that risk of transmission within the library is low. Staff and patrons have been observing every precaution while in our buildings, such as required facial coverings, plexiglass barriers, hygiene and cleaning protocols, and social distancing. You may be interested to read a recent study from the Institute of Museum and Library Services showing how a three day quarantine is effective in mitigating exposure from shared library materials. Anchorage Public Library continues to quarantine all materials upon return to our buildings and staff practice strict hygiene protocols when preparing items to be checked out.

Locations that are affected by an exposure may be closed for at least three days in order to ensure infection from surfaces or aerosols is no longer possible. However, any closure may continue for an extended time depending on staff availability.

Patrons should review our full service information page and may also e-mail us at

Thank you for your continued support of the library.  Because of our community's cooperation and commitment to safety when using library services, we are confident in our ability to continue with modified services while helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.