There are five types of reading kits that may be borrowed by Alaska residents. Kits are loaned and returned just like other library materials.

For more information about the contents and availability of the kits, check out their specific pages:

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can borrow reading kits?
2. How do I borrow kits?
3. How many kits can I borrow?
4. What are the loan periods for kits?
5. Can I renew kits?
6. Are there any fees or fines?
7. How do I keep track of all the books in the kits?

1. Who can borrow reading kits?

Reading kits can be borrowed by Alaska residents, libraries and organizations regardless of whether  you have a library in your community. Contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.
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2. How do I borrow kits?

Anchorage Public Library patrons or
Patrons of libraries in the Alaska Library Catalog
Kits are housed at the Z. J. Loussac Library branch of the Anchorage Public Library (APL), but you can request kits to be sent to any of the other branches of APL or other libraries participating in the Alaska Library Catalog by placing a hold online or speaking to a librarian.

Patrons of libraries NOT in the Alaska Library Catalog
Go to your local library and request to borrow kits. Your library will contact Anchorage Public Library’s Interlibrary Loan Department to borrow materials on your behalf.

Patrons in a community WITHOUT a public library
To see a list of community libraries within Alaska, click here. If your community does not have a library, you may be eligible to receive materials using Alaska Mail Services. This service may also be available to persons living in remote areas but with mailing addresses in towns whose libraries receive state funds. For organizations and those ineligible for Alaska Mail Services, please contact us to borrow kits directly.
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3. How many kits can I borrow?

You are limited to borrowing one of each kind of kit at at time. Exceptions may be made at the coordinator’s discretion for libraries, childcare centers, or preschools.
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4. What are the loan periods for kits?

WITHIN Anchorage: 3 weeks*
OUTSIDE Anchorage: 6 weeks*

* Exceptions may be made at the coordinator’s discretion for libraries, childcare centers, or preschools.

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5. Can I renew the kits?

Kits can be renewed twice as long as they are not on hold for another user.
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6. Are there any fees or fines?

There are no fees for borrowing kits. We also do not charge replacement fees for missing or damaged books from any of our kits.
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7. How do I keep track of all the books in the kits?

There are labels on every item in the kit, as well as on the bags and tubs themselves. Each kit contains a content sheet noting the total number of books included in that particular kit, but may not always list the individual titles.

Here is an example of a label on the spine of a book:

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