Alvin S. Okeson Library - Services


  •  Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Distance Education Room
  • DSS Room
  • Group Instruction
  • Group Study Rooms
  • Holds and Requests
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Photocopiers
  • Reference Assistance
  • Technology Sandbox

Audio/Visual Equipment

The library maintains a wide variety of equipment that may be used within the library. A/V equipment is available for classroom use only at the request of an instructor. Students who need equipment for presentations should verify that the instructor has requested it. Please check the list of available A/V equipment.

Distance Education Room

The library has a room for students who are taking distance courses from other University of Alaska campuses.  A headset with microphone and webcam are available from the circulation desk.  Reservations are strongly encouraged.

DSS Room

The library contains a small room for those who would like to use Dragon Naturally Speaking or other accessibility software in a less noisy environment than is available in the computer lab. The room is also available to students taking University of Alaska courses via distance delivery. Reservations are encouraged, especially if you need it for a recurring class

Group instruction

Information literacy sessions tailored to the specific needs of individual courses are available on request. Instructors who would like to schedule a session are encouraged to contact the Library Director as early in the semester as possible, but sessions can be done with as little as 24 hours' notice if scheduling permits.

Group study rooms

The library maintains two group study rooms that can be reserved. Each room can seat at least 8 people and has a computer with internet access.

Holds and requests

The Joint Library Catalog allows its member libraries to share material with ease. You do not need to be a student to use this feature.

Interlibrary loan

If you need an item that is not available locally or through the Joint Library Catalog, we will attempt to get it from another library. We subsidize the cost of borrowing up to $10/request, which is enough for most items. You will be asked to pay any amount above that if. We will notify you before completing any request that requires additional funds. This service is reserved for currently registered Mat-Su College students.


The library has one photocopier.  Copies cost $0.10/ea.  The photocopier is activated by the magnetic strip on the back of the WolfCard.  The photocopier cannot be used without one.  Unfortunately, that means that there is no public access to the photocopier. For a workaround, see Scanners.

Reference Assistance

Don't know where to look? We'll help you. Just remember that there is a difference between helping you find information and doing the research for you.


Three scanners are available.  One is attached to a public-access computer, one is attached to a student-only computer, and one is a stand-alone device.  The stand-alone scanner saves files to a flash drive as a .pdf file.  If you do not have a flash drive, please check out one at the circulation desk.  To use a scanner as a photocopier, scan your document and print it using one of the lab computers.  If you do not have a WolfCard to print, you will need to purchase a print card.

Technology Sandbox

The Technology Sandbox is a space for faculty, students, and staff to experiment with various pieces of instructional technology and software.  Reservations are encouraged.