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Quick Facts

  • You don’t have to be a student to use the library
  • You must be at least 16 years old to check out material
  • You must have your library card with you to check out material
  • Our library cards are good at any library on the Joint Library Catalog
  • Your library card number can be printed on your Wolfcard

Borrowing Material from the Okeson Library

Library Cards

Library cards issued by any location within the University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su Library Network, Anchorage Public Library, University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau Public Library, Valdez Consortium Library, or Alaska State Library can be used to check out material from the Alvin S. Okeson Library. A library card issued here will work at any of those locations as well. Library cards are available to members of the public who are over the age of 16 and have a valid form of picture identification. Valid forms of identification include a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or state-issued identification card.

Please report lost or stolen cards immediately, since you are responsible for anything that is checked out on your card.

If you lose your card, the first replacement costs $1.00. After that, replacement cards are $5.00.

Loan Periods

Audio Books – 28 days Books – 28 days CDs – 7 days ILL – Varies
Magazines – 7 days Reference – 0 days Reserves – Varies Telecourse – 3 days
Videos – 7 days

Overdue fees

Items owned by the Alvin S. Okeson Library that are turned in after their due date will be charged a fee according to the following schedule:

Item Type Daily charge Maximum Fine
Books, CDs, and Videos $0.25 $5.00
Reserves $0.50 $5.00
Math Videos $1.20 $24.00
Telecourse $5.00 $25.00
Interlibrary Loans $5.00/week Minimum None

All fines are per item. There is no maximum total fine.

Items owned by another JLC library that are checked out at the Alvin S. Okeson Library will be charged late fees according to the owning library’s fine schedule. There are significant differences between the rates charged at the various JLC libraries.  You can, however, pay the fee here.

Borrowing privileges are suspended when fines exceed $10.00.

Damaged items

Material returned in damaged condition will be evaluated to determine whether the item is still in usable condition. A fine will then be assessed based on the replacement cost of the book and the level of damage that the item has sustained.

Lost items

Any item more than 20 days overdue is considered lost. The patron will be billed for the replacement cost of that item plus a $3.00 processing fee. If an exact match cannot be located, the Library Director will determine a suitable replacement title. The minimum replacement cost is $5.00.

If you return an item after it has been declared lost, but before paying the replacement fee, only the overdue fine will be charged. Unfortunately, University regulations prevent us from issuing refunds, so we cannot give your money back if you find the item after paying for it.