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, assisted 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 staff gathered recently with members of the Library Commission, The Library Foundation, and the Friends of North Pole Library to produce a five-year Library Strategic Plan for FNSB Libraries.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries’ mission is to provide Borough residents free access to the full spectrum of opportunities that inform, inspire, and entertain, and to offer an open forum for diverse facts, ideas, and opinions.
ABOUT THE LIBRARY COLLECTIONS
In addition to a full range of print materials for 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.
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.
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 Schart Hyman, a Caldecott award-winning artist completed the mural in 1980. Rockwell Kent, Claire Fejes, Ron Senungetuk, and Eustace Ziegler are among the artists whose works are displayed in the main library.