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Services Available to the Public  

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 worth visiting for its unique and attractive architecture alone but don't miss the collection of Northwest Coast Native Art (PDF) by renowned Alaskan artists it houses, including wood carvings, basketry, and Ravenstail weaving.  A grizzly bear skeleton, cleaned and prepared by a former student, is also on display.

Public Access to Library Collections and Spaces

Members of the public are welcome to visit and use this attractive facility, use and checkout our collections (including on-site use of licensed digital content) and utlize our public use computers, printing services and wifi.  Learn more about Egan Library Collections and Journal Subscriptions.  Egan Library is a member of the Alaska Library Catalog (ALC), a consortium of 87 public, academic, special, and K-12 libraries serving 92% of the population of Alaska. The shared catalog has over 6 million titles.  Library cards from any ALC library may be used to borrow material from the Egan Library.  

Egan Library is home to the Cyril George Collection, a 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 collection honors indigenous voices and Alaska Native Knowledge in a collection of over 3,000 volumes on the main floor of Egan Library. 

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 juvenile fiction and non-fiction books available for borrowing.

Public Research Help 

Librarians are available to provide research and reference help to the public, however priority will be given to UAS students.  Help is available in person, by phone, email or chat.  

Public Events

The Egan Library’s lower level is used for public events and regularly features Evening at Egan Lectures, concerts (Juneau Symphony, Juneau Jazz and Classics) and conferences.  Upcoming events are featured on the library homepage.  Those interested in using the space can find additional information about the venue on our Facility Use Policy page.  Already familiar with the venue?  Go directly to the Facility Use Request Form.     

Getting Here

Egan Library is located 1.6 miles from the Alaska Marine Highway terminal, 4 miles from the Juneau airport, and 12 miles from downtown Juneau.  Capital Transit bus routes provide service to the UAS campus hourly during business hours on weekdays and during all transit service hours on Back Loop Road within ¼  mile of the library.  The library's address is 11066 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, AK, 99801. 


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