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General Library Information

The Alaska State Court Law Library serves the legal information needs of Alaskans by selecting, organizing and facilitating access to legal research resources and court system information. The main library collection and statewide administration is at the Anchorage law library, but library services are available to people throughout the state.

There are sixteen branch libraries in the Alaska State Court Law Library system. The law libraries in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan branches are staffed. All other branches are unstaffed.

Anchorage Law Library
The Anchorage Law Library is open to the public six days a week including evening and weekend hours. Professional librarians are available Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Library assistants staff the library during all other hours the library is open.

The Anchorage collection includes:

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  • current and superseded Alaska laws (AS), regulations (AAC), and court rules
  • Alaska appellate decisions published in the Pacific Reporter
  • pre-statehood decisions of Alaska's territorial courts
  • Alaska legislative history materials
  • decisions from several Alaska state agencies
  • Alaska Supreme Court briefs (1960-current)
  • Alaska Court of Appeals briefs (1980-current)
  • all other state statutes
  • all other state appellate decisions
  • federal statutes (U.S. Code)
  • federal regulations (CFR)
  • all reported federal decisions
  • federal legislative history materials
  • an extensive American law review collection
  • legal encyclopedias
  • looseleaf services
  • treatises on a wide range of topics
  • government depository collection

Address

Alaska State Court Law Library
303 K Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

Hours

Sunday

Noon - 5:00 pm

Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Phone numbers
Reference Desk 907-264-0585
Toll Free
(call from an Alaska phone number, outside the Municipality of Anchorage)
888-282-2082
Fax 907-264-0733
Library email library@courts.state.ak.us
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Copies are 20¢ each. You may purchase a copy card for 50¢ from the card vendor, or use bill/coin operated copy machines. The library does not provide change.

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Reference Help

The Alaska State Court Law Library is staffed by professional librarians and paraprofessional library assistants. Library staff can provide you with help using the library’s public computers, copiers, or catalog.  We can also provide general research assistance, help you locate a specific document, or assist you with legislative history research.

phone: 907-264-0585, or toll free: 888-282-2082 (in Alaska, but outside the Municipality of Anchorage)
email: library@courts.state.ak.us

Note: Library staff cannot give legal advice, interpret the law for you, tell you how to proceed in a court action or do legal research for you. Please see our "How Can Law Library Staff Help You?" section below and our legal research and advice policy and for more information.

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How Can Law Library Staff Help You?

Library staff can:

  • Explain how to use legal research tools
  • Help you locate a particular statute or case when you have a specific reference or citation
  • Direct you to sources of law, including statutes and cases
  • Direct you to books containing forms and court rules
  • Recommend sources to begin your research
  • Direct you to materials for your school assignment
  • Refer you to agencies

Library staff cannot:

  • Give legal advice
  • Interpret the meaning of statutes, cases or regulations
  • Select statutes, cases or regulations for your situation
  • Choose specific forms or language to use in forms
  • Tell you how to file a document, what document to file, or how to proceed with court actions
  • State opinions on legal matters
  • Do legal research for you

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Library Staff

The Alaska State Court Law Library serves the legal research needs of all Alaskans. Professional law librarians at the Anchorage administrative headquarters select, manage and organize materials in branch libraries statewide.

Anchorage Law Library
907-264-0585

Librarians
Susan Falk - State Law Librarian
Buck Sterling - Public Services Librarian
Nancy Tileston - Technical Services Librarian
Ken Wheaton - Systems Librarian

Staff
Samantha Blanquart - Cataloging
Stacy Koster - Reference and Looseleaf Filing
Susan Padgett - Continuations/Government Documents Processing/
    Serials Checkin and Processing
Therese Veker - Reference and Looseleaf Filing

Fairbanks Law Library
907-452-9241
Library Staff
Christina Worker
Tamara Borgen
Juneau Law Library
907-463-4761
Library Staff
Marinke Van Gelder
Shelagh Sands
Ketchikan Law Library
907-225-0500
Library Staff
Kathi Altom

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Library Services for Court Staff

Chambers Subscriptions

Anchorage law library staff manage chambers subscriptions to primary Alaska legal materials including the Alaska administrative code, reporter, statutes, and rules. Orders for replacement or additional materials in this category should be submitted to your area court administrator using the Law Library Order Request form. Contact your ACA or the law library at library@courts.state.ak.us for a copy of this form. For more in depth information see How to Manage Your Books. Adobe Acrobat PDF logo

All other publications can be purchased through Web Venice, the court system’s purchasing program, with approval from your ACA.

Interlibrary Loan

If you cannot find what you are looking for at your library, in Westlaw, WestlawNext, or from the Internet, contact Anchorage reference staff or your local law library staff. All material at the Anchorage Law Library is available for your use regardless of your location. Library staff can locate and borrow material from other law libraries using interlibrary loan. Requests are routinely handled the same day they are received.

Library Databases

Search Library Resources

The following links work on court computers only:

There is no restriction on the amount of time you can spend on Westlaw or WestlawNext, but some databases are excluded from our flat rate agreement, and will incur additional charges or be blocked altogether. If you need something that is only available in an excluded database, please contact Buck Sterling.

Internet Research

Bluebook Rule 18.2 requires citation to print sources rather than electronic, unless the information is not available in printed form, or if there is an authenticated, official, or exact digital copy of the printed source. Before relying on or citing to an electronic source, please contact a law librarian. We can help you determine if a resource is available in print and can usually get a copy for you, even if we don't own it.

The web is a vast unregulated collection of information, and we urge you to carefully evaluate all web sites for currency, authenticity and accuracy. Don't hesitate to contact one of our librarians before turning to the internet for your research needs. We are trained to find information from the most efficient and most reliable resource, and in many cases the best resource is not the internet.

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Rev. 8 July 2014
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