Alaska Collection Redesign


DIRECTOR'S NOTE: Alaska Collection Redesign

In December 2017, a broken pipe in the Alaska Wing caused a flood that did considerable damage to the physical space, as well as a portion of our Alaska Collection. We have since moved the Alaska Collection to a temporary location on the third floor of the main building (you can ask a librarian at the help desk if you need help locating an item) and are working to restore and preserve damaged materials. The Alaska Wing will undergo repairs this fall. We hope to reopen Ann Stevens Room and the 3rd floor rotunda by fall of 2018, once appropriate security measures are in place.  

While this incident is unfortunate, it does provide an impetus for us to move forward on a recommendation from the 2011 Loussac Facility Plan to develop a new home for the Alaska Collection in the NE corner of the third floor of the main building. This will allow us to unite the Alaska Collection with genealogy and microfiche materials in one easy-to-access location. This will make these resources more visible and accessible to the public. It will also reduce the burden on staff to manage two distinct areas, which will expand their capacity to provide direct service to our patrons.

Potential design for new Alaska Room

Image above: potential design of a new Alaska Room in the main building.

Keeping our Alaska/Anchorage history alive is an important part of the library’s mission and this is our chance to make the Alaska Collection as relevant and responsive to the community as possible. We would like broad community input to help us chart the future course for the Alaska Collection.

View the results of the Alaska Collection survey from July 2018:


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