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About the Library

The Fairbanks North Star Borough libraries consist of the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks, the North Pole Branch Library in the nearby community of North Pole, and the Bookmobile which brings Library services to outlying areas such as Ester, Two Rivers, Salcha, Haystack, assistive living, and the homebound.

The libraries are supported in part by the Fairbanks Library Foundation, a local non-profit organization and by the Friends of the North Pole Library.

The libraries also have a volunteer Library Commission whose members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Assembly. The Library Commission represents the public, advises the Director on library policies, and hears public appeals related to Library materials.

 

LIBRARY STATISTICS FY 2011-2012

Items in collection (Books, Audio, E-books, Video, and Periodicals) 428,534
Items added to collection 24,242
Registered borrowers 56,352
Borough population (2010 per State of Alaska) 97,581
Annual circulation of library materials 667,934
Annual budget for FNSB public libraries 665,317
Staff (Full Time Equivalents) 47.85
Number of sessions on public computers 79,015
Number of persons entering the libraries 314,424
Total number of Library programs 952
Total number of attendees at programs 36,031

ABOUT THE LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

In addition to a full range of print materials fro all ages, the libraries offer downloadable books, CDs, audio books, MP3s, videos, DVDs, interactive CD-ROMs, and video games. Besides the large collection of printed magazines and newspapers, the libraries provide access to online databases covering thousands of periodicals and reference sources. The libraries participate actively in statewide and local cooperative collection development efforts, and provide interlibrary loan services to borrow items not available in the Fairbanks collection from other libraries.

LIBRARY AUTOMATION

Internet access is available to the public through the libraries’ local area network. Wireless access is available at both the Noel Wien and North Pole Branch Libraries. The libraries utilize the SIRSI/DYNIX circulation system, and have offered an online public access catalog since 1985. The major bibliographic utility for cataloging and interlibrary loan services is the OCLC Network.

ARTWORK

The mural in the children’s area was created by wildlife illustrator William D. Berry. Mr. Berry died in 1979 before the mural was complete. Trina Shart Hyman, a Calecott award-winning artist completed the mural in 1980. Rockwell Kent, Claire Fejes, Ron Senungetuk, and Eustaic Ziegler are among the artists whose works are displayed in the main library.