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Access World News (Formerly America's News)

Explore and stay informed on local, national, and international topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from around the world to around the corner. Alaska content includes the Anchorage Daily News, Arctic Warrior, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Juneau Empire, Kodiak Daily Mirror, Peninsula Clarion, Seattle Times, USA Today and more (powered by NewsBank).

Alaska Digital Library

Download Audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines using the Libby app or online. 

Alaska DMV Practice Test

Free general knowledge practice test from the State of Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles. 

Alaska Native Languages

An educational resource for learning, teaching and promoting Alaska Native languages. This site is intended for learners and teachers of Alaska Native languages or anyone who is curious to learn more.

Alaska Native Language Center

A center for research and documentation of the twenty Native languages of Alaska. Contains story collections, dictionaries, grammars, an archival collection, research papers and an online store to make publications available for purchase.

Alaska Polar and Periodical Index (APPI)

A localized index for Alaskan newspapers, magazines, journals and newsletter articles and the polar regions. Citations only. [Date Range: 1890 - Current]


New site, Alaska Library Network version of WorldCat.

Anchorage Daily News Collection

Search more than 30 years of Alaska history with The Anchorage Daily News Collection. Coverage from 1985 through current. Explore current and archived issues of The Anchorage Daily News with full-color newspaper pages and individual articles, as well as content only published online.

Ancestry. Library Edition

Ancestry is a leading resource for online family history & genealogy.

This resource is available for in-library use only.

Anchorage Genealogical Society

Monthly General Meeting, check the AGS website for meeting location and times.


Biblioboard Library

Read, watch, and listen instantly with no holds, no checkout limits, and no borrowing limits.


Free automatic bibliography maker. Build a works cited page in a variety of accepted styles.

Biography Reference Center

more than 461,000 full-text biographies.

Black Life in America

The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media.


With over 1,000 short animated movies for students in grades K-12, BrainPOP covers science, social studies, English, math, engineering, technology, health, arts, and music.

BrainPOP Español

Las películas animadas de BrainPOP en Español apoyan a maestros y estudiantes de primaria y secundaria de la manera más divertida.

BrainPOP Junior

Animated fun for kids K-3 about science, writing, social studies, health, reading, and math. Each animated movie has leveled quizzes, games, and activities.


Consumer Health Complete

Health articles for the average person, includes drug index and reports.


Digital Public Library of America

Photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents--shared by America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions--all free and immediately available in digital format.



Free automatic bibliography maker. Build a works cited page in a variety of accepted styles.

EBSCO Book Collection

Nonfiction holds 4,200 fulltext nonfiction titles, including biographies.

Ebsco Host

Includes about 30 databases containing citations and full text publications in a variety of subject areas across magazines, newspapers, and journals.

Ebsco in Español

Resources in Spanish. Select MedicLatina for health information. Choose Fuente Academica for all other subjects.

Explora for Educators

Find lesson plans, curriculum standards, links to educational sites, journal articles, and other resources for educators and parents.

Explora for Elementary School

Designed for elementary school researchers with simple search for articles, essays, videos, images, and primary source documents. Easy-to-browse topics and overviews help students find a starting point.

Explora for Middle School

Designed for middle and high school researchers with simple search for articles, essays, images, videos, and primary source documents. Easy-to-browse topics and overviews help students find a starting point.

Explora for Public Libraries

This research database provides high-quality full-text articles from magazines, encyclopedias, academic journals, and books and topic overviews and videos in easy-to-browse categories organized by popular topic. You can print, email or save your search results.


A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.


Free music & video downloads. 


Gale Virtual Reference Center

Gale Encyclopedia of Law and Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer

Genealogy for Kids

Kids and caregivers can use this list of resources to build a family tree. 


Heritage Hub

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images.

Heritage Quest

Login from home or in the library.  Essential collection of genealogical & historical sources.  U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, and more.  Unique primary sources, local & family histories. 

Hispanic Life in America

The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.

History Reference Center

History Reference Center is a database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database includes full text for more than 150 leading history periodicals and nearly 57,000 historical documents; more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures; more than 113,000 historical photos and maps; and more than 80 hours of historical video.

hoopla digital

Stream movies and TV shows, download audiobooks, eBooks, comics and music. 


IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library

IMSLP stands for International Music Score Library Project, a wiki-based source for public domain music scores, recordings, and information about musical works. View and print pdfs of scores and parts for classical music that is in the public domain.

Indie Author Project

The Indie Author Project (IAP) is a year-round discovery program where indie authors can make their eBooks available through the library. Authors who are looking to promote their work and increase readership and exposure can submit their work to IAP to be featured in the statewide Indie Alaska Collection, with the potential for inclusion in the IAP Select collections available at participating libraries across the U.S. and Canada.

Join the monthly Indie Author Project Expert Sessions free webinar series featuring indie authors and industry professionals addressing a variety of topics on the business and craft of being an indie author.


Job Mentoring Through isn't just for students! Job seekers can submit a resume for review, chat with a career coach, and find a variety of online career resources every day from 8:00 am to 2:00 am (Monday through Friday) and 12:00 pm to 2:00 am (Saturday-Sunday) Alaska Standard Time.
To get to job assistance click on the "Go to Live Homework Help" button, then the Home button. Scroll down to the "Get Help Finding a Job" section.

Job and Career Accelerator by Learning Express

Learn about different career fields, get test preparation for professional career licensing and certification, take courses on interview skills, and use the resume builder and sample letters to prepare your application materials.

Juvenile Series and Sequels

Need to know which book is next in a series? Want to start a new series that features pirates? The Juvenile Series and Sequels database contains over 36,000 books in 4,900 series titles for Juvenile Easy [JE] – for birth through 2nd grade, Juvenile [J] – for 2nd through 6th grade, and Young Adult [YA] – for 6th through 12th grade. Search by series title, book title, author, or subject.



KidSpeak™ is a fun, age-appropriate online language course designed for children ages 6 and up! Accessible through Transparent Language Online, KidSpeak introduces your children to English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. The program teaches words and phrases suitable for learners’ age, needs, and interests. More than 40 activities, puzzles, and songs guide young learners through the basics, along with a cartoon “friend” who speaks the language. KidSpeak™ can be used through a web browser on computers.


LDS Family History Center

Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.  Anchorage Alaska Family History Center, 2501 Maplewood St., Anchorage, AK 99508,  (907) 277-8433.  Notes: Groups by appointment. Seminar classes every 4th Saturday, some exception. 

LinkedIn Learning by

Offers hundreds of trainings and thousands of hours of instruction presented by reliable industry experts on everything from general business software to marketing, design, networking, photography and music.

Access this resource through the library website or the LinkedIn app with our library ID: anchoragelibrary

*Not available to Temporary Card holders

Live Homework Help - provides live one-to-one homework help on everything from basic math and English to AP physics and college writing every day from 8:00 am to 2:00 am (Monday through Friday) and 12:00 pm to 2:00 am (Saturday-Sunday) Alaska Standard Time. Practice tests and career resources are also available.


Enjoy the magic of world language books from the comfort of home. This database features a picture book collection including over 3,500 book titles in 65+ languages with their English translations to help develop multilingual reading and listening skills. Some featured languages include: American Sign Language, Mandarin, Tagalog, and Pashto.


Master File

Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals with full-text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest. This database is updated daily via EBSCOhost.


MedicLatina is a unique collection of medical research and investigatory journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers. This Spanish language database contains full text for 130 peer-reviewed medical journals in native Spanish.


MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 5,400 current biomedical journals.

Municipality of Anchorage Food Worker Test

All food workers in the Municipality of Anchorage are required to obtain a Food Worker Card within 30 days of hire. Upon successful completion of the course and final exam, you will be able to download and print your Food Worker Card. Your Anchorage Food Worker Card is, valid for 3 years. The online Anchorage Food Worker course and card fee is $10.


NARA National Archives

Alaska records were relocated to the National Archives at Seattle as a result of the closure of the Anchorage facility.  In order to make NARA's Alaska records more broadly available to the public, we are digitizing the most in-demand records. Contact Us: or 206-336-5115

Northstar Digital Literacy

Northstar Digital Literacy tests your computer skills. You can build skills in key areas, and demonstrate your knowledge by earning certificates and badges. Northstar allows end users to freely take the assessments from anywhere via our homepage, or individuals can go to an approved testing location and obtain the Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate when they pass proctored assessments. 

This resource was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant number CAGML-247051-OMLS-21.


Find fiction books based on interests and author readalikes.

Novelist for Kids

Author and title readalikes, suggestions by genre, mood and award winners for grades K-8.


The Oxford Reference Collection

More than 100 Oxford reference titles with over 50,000 entries on topics from history to physics.


Points of View

Resources that present multiple sides of an issue.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its Truth-O-Meter.


Pressbooks is an easy to use digital self-publishing tool that allows local writers to create professional-quality eBook and print-ready files in ePUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. Get started with this video tutorial.


Scholastic Teachables

Printable activities for any subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing, and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, and skills sheets for kids in any grade.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center is a research database that provides access to hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

SLED: A to Z Databases

SLED, the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway, is an easy-to-use website that connects people to high quality Alaska information.

Small Business Reference Center

A comprehensive resource for small business owners and those interested in starting a business, offering full-text periodicals and reports, sample business plans, U.S. tax forms, videos and reference books. It supports small business owners in all relevant areas from planning, financing and managing a business to exit strategies. Users also have the ability to search within specific ‘Business Topics’ and ‘Business Types’ relevant to their needs.

A fact checking website that is known for sorting out myths and rumors that appear on the internet. It has also been seen as a source for validating and debunking urban legends and similar stories in popular culture.



These aren’t just eBooks, this is an online learning portal. Read along with picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and non-fiction. Take interactive quizzes on the books, play learning games, and explore some of your favorite literature in a new way.

Transparent Languages

Transparent Language Online provides an effective and engaging experience for language learners looking to build their vocabulary, practice their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and maintain what they learn.  With courses and supplemental resources in 110+ languages, Transparent Language Online can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on almost any device.


Unangam Tunuu Apps

Unangam Tunuu (Aleut Language) apps available for Atka and Eastern dialects. These apps consist of over 600 audio files recorded with Native speakers of each dialect.

  • 3 levels of games
  • 3 types of quizzes
  • Searchable database
  • Culture Notes with audio, video, images and much more.

Niigugim Tunuu (Atka Dialect)

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

Qagaadam Tunuu (Eastern dialect)

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play

US Major Dailies

US Major Dailies provides access to the five most respected U.S. national and regional newspapers: 

  • The New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Wall Street Journal

With print and online editions, the titles offer researchers thorough and timely coverage of local, regional, and global events with journalistic balance and perspective. The content is available by 8 AM U.S. Eastern time each day and provides archives stretching as far back as 1980. All titles are cross searchable on the ProQuest platform.


Value Line

Investment education, how-to guides, market and company profiles, and daily market reports.


World Book Ebook Collection

This collection supports classroom instruction and library reading initiatives with over 2,500 titles, including World Book exclusive content and classic literature (novels, plays, poems, and nonfiction). With 24/7 unlimited, simultaneous access and unlimited renewals, World Book eBooks are available anytime, anywhere, and feature a free downloadable app compatible with Apple, Windows, and Android devices.

World Book Encyclopedia

Full access to the World Book Encyclopedia suite of online learning tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, games, eBooks, maps, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

World Book Video Tutorials

Collection of video tutorials to help familiarize World Book Encyclopedia users with the resources.


Sources for interlibrary loans.


Yugtun Dictionary

Yup'ik dictionary with audio pronunciations and the ability to construct sentences and see example sentences. 

Yugtun App

This Yugtun Language App consists of over 600 recordings of fluent Native speakers' voice.

  • 3 levels of games
  • 3 types of quizzes
  • Searchable database
  • Culture Notes with audio, video, images and much more.

Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play