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Egan Library Collections

About the Egan Library Collections:

General Collection

The largest collection in the library, the General Collection contains materials you may check-out of the library in all subject areas. Library of Congress call numbers ranging from A-N are located on the Lower Level, call numbers P as well as Reference, DVD and periodicals are on the main level, and call numbers Q-Z are housed on the Mezzanine Level. General Collection books will have the location designation "Circulating Collection" in the Library Catalog.

Electronic Books

See our E-Books page to search and learn more about UAS e-book collections


Egan Library keeps current issues from over 200 periodicals in our Periodicals area.  A complete list by subject and title is available. We keep an archive of over 400 titles in our Bound Periodicals area.  In addition, Egan Library provides access to over 30,000 periodicals online. Use Journal Search to look up individual titles or browse subjects of online journals.

Audio/Video Collection

UAS maintains a collection of several hundred DVDs and VHS videos, located near the Reference Desk. We primarily purchase videos relating to courses offered at UAS, and also relating to Alaskan and Alaska Native issues. We also have a growing collection of feature films that have been donated to the library which we keep available for student entertainment. The video collection is housed near the Reference Desk and titles can be found through the Library Catalog. The library also has a small collection of music CDs available for circulation. All A/V items can be located using the Library Catalog. Browse New Videos in the Library CatalogBrowse Alaska Native culture-related A/V materials.

Cyril George Collection (est. 2016)

This special collection is named after Ḵaalḵáawu Cyril George, a Tlingit leader from the Deisheetaan Clan of Angoon, and partially funded by a Rasmuson Foundation grant. The Cyril George Collection honors indigenous voices and Alaska Native Knowledge in a collection of over 3,000 volumes on the main floor of Egan Library. The collection includes sub-collections for Alaska Native Arts, Alaska Native Language, and Alaska Native Society. A Global Indigenous Knowledge collection has materials with more of a focus on indigenous people of North America and the world, as well as more general language materials, and literature. All of the indigenous literature can be found in the Global collection, including by Alaskans, so that they can all be located together for a broader collection representing indigenous voices. There are also two material-based sub-collections, for Media and Oversize materials.

Digital Archives

See our Digital Archives page to learn more.

Forestry Sciences Collection (1850-2004)

In 2005, Egan Library received the contents of the U.S. Forest Service’s Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory Library. This collection includes over 18,000 titles including journals, books, and government reports. Subjects covered in addition to forestry include fisheries, wildlife, insects, geology, soils, water, recreation, and archaeology. The geographical emphasis is on Alaska, Canada, and other high latitudes. Most of these materials were integrated into the general Egan collections. Items from this collection are marked with a green label and can be found particularly in the Library of Congress Class SD, denoting Forestry.

The Forestry Sciences Collection may be searched using the Egan Library Catalog. From the catalog homepage, use the arrow next to All Collections to select UAS Forestry Sciences Collection to limit your search to just this collection.

A portion of the collection is the Forestry Sciences Archive which consists of article photocopies and reprints, conference papers, pamphlets, and reports, most of which were published before 1980. It is held in the Egan Storage and Archives room. Cataloging is in process for this collection. Items are available for in-library use. Please contact the reference desk for more information about the Forestry Sciences Archive.

Government Documents

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Egan Library is designated as a selective depository for publications of the U.S. Government. These federal publications are integrated into the General Collection and can be found by searching the Library Catalog. The Egan Library Reference Desk provides assistance with locating government information.

Egan Library is one of seven Alaskan libraries participating in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) as selective depositories. The State of Alaska is also served by the Regional Depository at the Washington State Library. For more information about these libraries, about the FDLP, and for links to additional government information, we recommend these resources:

Historical Index Collection

The Library maintains a collection of print indexes to periodical literature covering the period before the 1990s when online indexes became common.  These indexes are useful to researchers seeking articles and other documents from the 1980s and earlier.  For example, the library has the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature for the years 1900-1983; .  There are many more specialized indexes in this collection pertaining to specific disciplines (Social Science Index, Humanities Index, etc.).  The Historical Index Collection is located in our on-site Storage location. Ask staff for assistance to access these materials. See a list of titles in the Historical Index Collection.

Juvenile Collection

Egan Library’s collection of juvenile literature includes children's books for all ages, in both Fiction and Non-Fiction. These books are shelved on the Lower Level and provide support for our Education programs. Fiction items are shelved alphabetically by author, and Non-Fiction items are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The location designations for this collection in the online catalog are " Juvenile Fiction" or "Juvenile Non-Fiction."

Juvenile Collection: Children's Alaskana 

This collection includes Alaska-related books for children and young adults. Much of the collection has been donated by School of Education emerita faculty member Katy Spangler. This collection is also shelved on the Lower Level.  The location designations for this collection in the online catalog are "Children's Alaskana Fiction" and "Children's Alaskana Non-Fiction." Browse all titles in this collection; Browse the Non-Fiction titles; Browse the Fiction titles

Map Collection

The Egan Library maintains a non-circulating collection of maps and atlases. This collection includes complete sets of the National Ocean Services coast survey nautical charts for Alaska, and of the USGS topographical series maps of Alaska in the scale of 1:63,360. The collection also includes USGS topographical maps of Alaska in scales of 1:25,000, 1:50,000 and 1:250,000; U.S. and Canadian road maps; and a variety of miscellaneous thematic maps that include charts of the moon.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection contains directories, indexes, dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographical collections, and other types of books for looking up quick information. This collection is non-circulating and is located to the left of the Reference Desk.

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