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.
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.
- Email us
- Call the Anchorage Reference desk at 907-264-0585, or dial toll free: 888-282-2082 (in Alaska, but outside the Municipality of Anchorage)
- Fax or mail a Request for Information form: Word | PDF
- Alaska Legislative History
- Internet Legal Resources
- Public Access WestlawNext
- New Titles September 2016
- Research Tip: Legal Periodicals
- Alaska Legal Research
- Alaska Library Network Catalog
- Alaska & Polar Periodical Index via University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Federal and State Legal Resources
- Guide to Electronic Indexes and Databases Alaska State Library
- Hathi Trust Digital Library - includes Alaska territorial laws
- HeinOnline - law journals,50-state surveys, federal materials, and more...
- Law Journal Content (2000 to April 2011) - an Index to Legal Periodicals, a free service of the Washington and Lee Law School
- Legal Information Reference Center - full-text legal reference books through Nolo and thousands of legal forms (only available at a library)
- Legal Journals on the Web - ABA Legal Technology Resource Center search engine
- Martindale-Hubbell - website for locating lawyers, experts, and legal articles
- NCLC Digital Library NEW! - online versions of National Consumer Law Center's Consumer Rights Treatises (only available at a library)
- SLED - Statewide
Library Electronic Doorway
- SLED Databases full text magazines and newspapers for Alaska residents
- Zimmerman's Research Guide - online encyclopedia for legal researchers
- LexisNexis (requires password)
Search for online & print resources in law libraries statewide
The new Integrated Library System is now online, this is the same search box that is on the library homepage, duplicated here for your convenience.
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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, and Juneau branches are staffed. All other branches are unstaffed.
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.
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:
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
| Fairbanks Law Library
|Juneau Law Library
| Library Staff:
Marinke Van Gelder
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 email@example.com for a copy of this form. For more in depth information see How to Manage Your Books.
All other publications can be purchased through Web Venice, the court system’s purchasing program, with approval from your ACA.
If you cannot find what you are looking for at your library, in 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.
The following links work on court computers only:
- CCH Intelliconnect - tax research database
- Legal Information Reference Center
- NCLC Digital Library
There is no restriction on the amount of time you can spend on 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.
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.