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Services for the Public

Facility and displays

Named after William A. Egan, Chair of Alaska’s Constitutional Convention and the state’s first governor (1959-1966), the university’s 50,000-square-foot library opened in 1990.  The architectural firms BOOR/A and Jensen Douglas jointly designed the facility and won a 1991 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture from the American Institute of Architects for it.  Skylights and expansive two-story windows provide natural daylight as well as views of Auke Lake and the surrounding rainforest.  The facility is not only worth visiting for its unique and attractive architecture but also for the collection of Northwest Coast Native Art (PDF) it houses, including wood carvings, basketry, and Ravenstail weaving.  A grizzly bear skeleton, cleaned and prepared by a former student, is also on display.

Members of the public are welcome to visit and use this attractive facility.  It is located 1.6 miles from the Alaska Marine Highways terminal, 4 miles from the Juneau airport, and 12 miles from downtown Juneau.  A Capital City Transit express bus stops outside the library hourly during business hours on weekdays and another bus stops during all Transit service hours near DeHarts, within ¼  mile of the library, on its regular Valley route.

Children in the library must be accompanied and supervised (within line of site) by an adult when visiting the library.  Egan Library adheres to the UAS Children on Campus policy.  We have a collection of kids’ fiction and non-fiction books available for borrowing. ^

Borrow and return materials

City and Borough of Juneau residents
CBJ residents who don’t already have a blue Capital City Libraries card are welcome to register for one, which will enable them to check out materials from Egan Library, subject to our borrowing policy.  In June 2013, the Egan Library as part of the Capital City Libraries (CCL) merged library catalogs with the Joint Library Consortium (JLC).  Egan Library users may now borrow materials from any of the 12 participating libraries.  There over 1 million items in our combined library catalog.  Library cards issued at any of these libraries can be used at the Egan Library.  

Holds for circulating library materials can be placed directly from the online library catalog or by calling the Egan Library Circulation Desk (796-6300).  You may choose to have materials delivered to another CCL/JLC library at no cost to you by using our courier service, if that is more convenient. Just select the library for pick-up when you place your hold.

Periodicals may only be used in the library and are not available for checkout.  Magazines, scholarly journals, and newspapers from some Alaska communities are available for browsing.  Major daily national newspapers are available online.

UAA and UAF Students, Staff, Faculty
Students, staff, and faculty from the University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks also have borrowing privileges at Egan Library.  Please consult our UAA-UAF borrowing policy for details.

Alaska residents
Egan Library belongs to the Alaska Reciprocal Borrowing Program and will loan materials to cardholders from other Alaska libraries that belong to the Program.  Please consult our policy regarding reciprocal borrowing.

Electronic books and Journal Access
Electronic books in the library catalog as well as journal content that are not available from off-campus without UAS network login and password can be accessed from the library’s workstations.  The terms of our licenses allow access for walk-in users.   ^

Internet use – Public workstations and Wireless network

Please refer to the Technology in the Library page.  

Reference assistance

Trained staff offers assistance in finding information in our library collections or on the Web during all service hours. Please stop by the reference desk or call us at (907) 796-6502 or toll-free at 1- 877-796-6502 or e-mail Ask a Reference Librarian. ^


Most campus events are listed in the campus calendar

Occasionally, the library’s ground-floor area is used for public events since it has seating in place for 150 and room for 100+ more chairs.  Only events sponsored by a university entity take place there, and a university staff or faculty member takes responsibility for the facility and makes arrangements for its use during the event by contacting Beatrice Franklin (phone 796-6470 / fax 796-6249 / or  email beatrice.franklin "at" To register for public events at the Egan Library please see the Reservation form (PDF) and the Facility Use Agreement (PDF).

We take care to schedule events at times outside library service hours whenever possible.  Occasionally, we make exceptions for speakers who can only visit campus on a particular day and need a venue that seats more people than other available spaces on campus.  In those instances, we post signs and direct library users to classrooms, group study rooms, and far corners of the library where disturbance from the public gathering is minimal. ^


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