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Borrowing & Access

How to borrow materials and access library accounts.

Who Can Borrow?

Current UA students, faculty, staff (UAS, UAA, UAF) and Alaska Library Consortium (ALC) account holders can borrow materials from Egan Library. Additional collections throughout Alaska are available from Alaska Library Catalog partner libraries. Worldwide collections are accessible using WorldCat and interlibrary loan. Library cards issued at any ALC Library are accepted at the Egan Library.

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Borrowing Details

Use your Whale Card or ALC Library Card at the Circulation desk or Self-Check Kiosk to borrow materials.  

  • All UA student, staff and faculty library accounts are activated at the beginnig of the fall semester.
  • You can renew materials, pay fines and place holds online using My Library Account (login info below). 
    • Your UA ID number is also your library account number. 
    • PIN initially set to last 4 digits of card #. You will be prompted to change your PIN after login.
  • Identification is required to borrow materials (valid government issued picture ID)
  • Alaska Library Consortium (ALC) cardholders can borrow most items owned by Egan Library
  • Questions? Call Circulation: 907-796-6400

Egan Library Circulation Policies

Undergraduate Students

28 day loan period (most items), 50 items, 2 renewals.

Graduate Students and Faculty

120 day loan period (most UA items), 50 items, 2 renewals.


28 day loan period (most items), 50 items, 2 renewals.

Community Users

28 day loan period (most items), 50 items, 2 renewals.

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Email Circulation:

Call Circulation: 907-796-6400

Most materials* checked out from the Egan Library or other ALC libraries can be returned to:

  • the Egan Library Circulation desk, outside book-return or via USPS
  • any ALC Library (i.e. Juneau & Sitka Public Libraries)
  • UAS Sitka Student Success Center 

*UAS Course Reserves and Egan Library Laptops must be returned to the Egan Library Circulation desk (not in the outside book-return).

Place holds, renew items, and update your email.

My Library Account

  • Enter UA ID # (can be found on back of UAS Whale Card, UAA Wolf Card, UAF Polar Express). 
  • PIN initially set to last 4 digits of UA ID #. You can change PIN after login.
  • Contact the Circulation Desk with any questions (see the Need Help? box on this page).

My ILL Account

  • Login with UA username and password
  • First time users will need to complete a short registration form
  • See Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for more info. 

Digital Borrowing

Currently enrolled UAS students and UAS employees have access to thousands of scholarly journals, ebooks, and premium subscribed digital content. Not sure where to begin? Start with OneSearch or browse our A-Z Database List for subject specific recommmendations.  

  • Off-campus use of digital resources requires login with UA username and password.
  • Alaska Digital Library (ebooks & audiobooks) require login with your UA ID# and library pin.  
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