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 our full service information page.

Current Anchorage Public Library System Status

  • Open for browsing, holds pickup, account services, limited computer use and printing.

Location Status

  • All locations are open for browsing, holds pickup, account services, limited computer use and printing.

04/07/2021 Update

The wait is over. Browsing is back at all 5 Anchorage Public Library locations! Grab your favorite mask and your library card, then head into our Girdwood, Mountain View, Muldoon, Chugiak-Eagle River or Loussac libraries. Check out a new read, watch or listen from the hundreds of new items on the shelves. Use a computer and get connected to community resources. Our buildings are open, and we can't wait to see you! (Masked up and from 6 feet away please).  Please review detailed service information at to ensure a safe and pleasant visit to the library at that time.

As APL receives updated information from the Anchorage Health Department (AHD) and Municipality of Anchorage Administration we may modify or update these plans. These plans are based on metrics used by the CDC, AHD, and state health officials; it is our hope to keep the public and staff safe. 

Help spread #907LibraryLove not COVID-19. Stay at least 6 feet from others. Wear a mask or face covering. 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.

Anchorage Public Library staff practice strict hygiene protocols when preparing items to be checked out. In the early days of the pandemic we did quarantine materials when they came back to libraries. However, with new information regarding limited exposure risk from surface transmission, we no longer hold items after they're returned.

Locations that are affected by an exposure may be closed for a short period of time 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 may review our full service information page, our COVID-19 mitigation plan 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.

For COVID-19 updates and information from the Municipality of Anchorage including current Executive Orders, public assistance, and health data visit