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Any permanent resident of the state of Alaska who presents an Alaska Driver's License or other acceptable form of identification showing permanent mailing address is eligible to register as a borrower. A person under 18 years of age may have parent or guardian sign a parental responsibility card in lieu of other identification.

A visitor may be offered a TEMPORARY registration with limited borrowing privileges if the visitor has a valid local mailing address and presents adequate picture identification showing permanent out-of-state address.

Local residents who are unable to present acceptable identification or proof of mailing address may receive temporary registration with limited borrowing privileges of two items only.

Cruise ship personnel with a local work address may register for a visitor card. There is a charge of $20 for this card. The card allows checkout of five items at a time.

A borrower's card issued by any of the Capital City Libraries may be used at any of the other member libraries--Douglas, Valley, Juneau, Alaska State Library, and University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library.

Lost or stolen cards should have the barcode cancelled as soon as possible to prevent unauthorized use. This may be done by phone. (907-586-5249).

There is a $2 charge to replace a lost card.


  • The standard checkout period for materials from the general collection is 28 days.
  • Shorter checkout periods (7 days) apply for some high-demand items, such as videos, DVD's, and CD's.
  • A 14-day checkout period applies for Holiday (Christmas/Hanukkah) collection October through December and videogames.
  • Interlibrary Loan materials show due date on barcoded band attached to the item.


  • Most items may be renewed, provided the item has not been reserved by another borrower.
  • No renewal is allowed on Holiday (Christmas/Hanukkah) collection from October through December.
  • Interlibrary loan materials may be renewed when permitted by lending library.
  • One renewal is allowed form materials from the general collection. This may be done by phone or through the library catalog web page (PIN required).
  • For subsequent renewal, item must be returned to the library to be checked out to the patron again if it is not on hold for someone else.


  • Items on hold for patrons will be held ONE WEEK from date of notification. If not picked up within that time, items will be passed to next patron in hold queue or returned to the shelf.
  • When patrons call ahead to request that materials be set aside for pick up, they will be held for 24 HOURS only.


The overdue fine on 28-day loan materials is calculated at the rate of 20 cents per item per day and begins the day after the date due. If an overdue 28-day item is returned by the 5th day after date due, related fines are forgiven.

The overdue fine on videos and CD's is calculated at the rate of $1 per item per day and begins the day after the date due. There is no grace period for video and CD overdue fines.