The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, with more than 1.1 million volumes, is the largest library in the state. The building was recently renovated and offers wireless networking and walk-up ports, as well as designated quiet study spaces with natural lighting, group study rooms and a secure 24-hour study space with an open-access computer lab.
The library offers extensive reference and instructional services for students. Library faculty and staff help students conduct library research using online and print databases and collections. The library information and research course, LS F101, is part of the core curriculum and provides students with an introduction to effective methods of identifying, locating and evaluating information resources.
Online catalogs and databases provide access to library resources at UAF, UA system libraries and libraries nationwide. The library's website is a gateway to more than 170 online resources, with broad coverage in the sciences, humanities and social sciences, management, and engineering. Web-based indexes and collections link to full-text articles from more than 20,000 periodical titles. Additional web-based resources include reference tools, electronic books, specialized sources for arctic and polar information, and indexes to special formats such as government documents and dissertations.
The Rasmuson Library is a federal documents depository, and receives 40 percent of the materials published by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Special collections in the library include the internationally recognized Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, covering books, periodicals, archival documents, manuscripts, historical photographs, film, oral histories and maps. APR hosts Alaska's digital archives and continues to digitize archival materials to make more specialized materials available to the public.