Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Closing some doors and keeping one open

As we prepare for the opening of the Kashevaroff State Library, Archives, and Museum next year, our Division's public areas have gradually closed. The Alaska State Museum closed in February 2014 to prepare for the collections transfer and building demolition. The Alaska State Archives closed their research room in the spring of 2015 after moving their records to the new collections vault. The Historical Collections reduced their hours so that staff can pack and move the books, negatives, photographs, and maps.
The centennial Alaska State Museum being torn down.
The Alaska State Museum closed in February 2014 so the building could be demolished and the new galleries and reading rooms are being constructed on the site. Photo by Damon Stuebner.

Alaska State Library's Information Services will be the last section to move into the new building, and is now the only one of our Division's research areas open to the public. We can help you request historic Alaskana items from other libraries, view Alaska newspaper microfilm, and recommend ways to get the information that you need while our Division's other sections are closed. We're on the 8th floor of the State Office Building across from the bear and the Waasgo totem pole.
The entrance to the State Office Building on the corner of Calhoun and Fourth.
If you walk in this door of the State Office Building, the Information Services section is on your right. If you come from Willoughby, take the elevator to the 8th floor and walk past the snack bar and the organ.

We have also started Historical Reference service on Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00-4:30 pm. Historical Collections staff will be on hand to answer your Alaska questions, help with research, and bring historic Alaska books, photos, and other materials from the new storage vault for you to peruse in the Information Services Reading Room. We hope you'll come by!
Historic photo showing a Public Reading Room.
You too can find MINING INFORMATION, ALASKA MAPS, and the LATEST PERIODICALS at the public reading room of the Alaska State Library, still open on the 8th floor of the State Office Building. Alaska State Library - Historical Collections PCA 277-023-005.

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