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

  • Holds Pickup and Card Verification only (no indoor service)

Location closures

  • All locations are open for curbside or walk-up outdoor service.  (no indoor service)

10/01/2020 Update

10/1/2020 -  Out of an abundance of caution Anchorage Public Library buildings remain closed. The health and safety of our patrons and staff is our highest priority and we 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. We hope to increase services in phases as factors allow. Our full reopening plan can be reviewed HERE. 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 cloth face covering. Wash your hands often.

Patrons should review our full service information page which includes our reopening plan and may also e-mail us at askalibrarian@muni.org.

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 https://bit.ly/APLSafeReopen and may also e-mail us at askalibrarian@muni.org.

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.