Improving Textbook Affordability

As the new semester begins, so does the race to purchase new textbooks for each class. It’s not uncommon for students to spend anywhere from $300 to $900 or even more in one semester. That’s why the library has compiled a guide to help you reduce your textbook cost!

While it is rare to find textbooks at the library, your instructor may have placed a textbook on reserve for your class or may have some other class materials (such as videos, book chapters, journal articles, or homework help) available for you to use. Be sure to search the Course Reserves for your class at; all you’ll need is the Course ID or your instructor’s name.

If you’re a faculty member, you can learn more about Textbook Affordability at UAA and APU at Need help finding open educational resources (OER) for your class? This guide to OER will help you get started. Both APU and UAA faculty also have the opportunity to apply for the OER/ZTC (Zero-cost Textbook) Certificate and earn the Affordable Course Materials Award from the consortium library.

Final Exams and Library Resources, Spaces, and Services

Final exams and projects are upon us! the most hectic time of the semester! The library has resources, spaces, and services to help you prepare for your exams, research your papers, and even find a quiet spot to focus.

If you are in need of resources for a research assignment, remember that you can ask us for assistance!

Librarians are available to answer your questions and help you quickly navigate resources every day of the week! You can email your questions, text (907) 312-1024, or chat a librarian. You can also call (907) 786-1848. We also welcome the opportunity to talk with you in-person in the Library.

Are you more of a self-starter? The library has guides on a multitude of diverse topics that will point you in the right direction!

We can give you tips for those tricky citations, assist you in narrowing down your topic, or find that perfect article or book! Just need a quiet place to concentrate?

Don’t forget that the library has both group and individual study rooms available on a first come, first serve basis.  

Celebrating Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law a joint resolution recognizing November as “National American Indian Heritage Month“, also known as Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month, in order to recognize the “essential and unique contribution[s]” that Native Americans have made “to our nation . . . [and] to the world”.

The Consortium Library offers many resources to help us celebrate and research the culture, history, trials, and contributions of Alaska Natives and Native Americans. It also collects works by Alaska Native authors and illustrators.

Many resources specific to Alaska are located in the Alaskana collection on the second floor of the library. In addition, there are numerous online resources that SLED provides access to via their list of Native and Indigenous Peoples resources.

If you’re interested in an overview of the many books, e-books, journal articles, DVDs, and streaming videos provided by the Consortium library or in resources about Alaska Native and Native American languages, check out our Alaska Native / Native American Heritage Month Guide.

It is our hope that these resources will assist our community as we grow in awareness of the cultures, traditions, and heritage of indigenous peoples, particularly here in Alaska.

“Writers as Detectives: Celebrating Research and Writing in Alaska Native Culture & History” – November 15

Wednesday, November 15th at 6pm, please join us in Library 307 for a wonderful panel discussion: “Writers as Detectives: Celebrating Research and Writing in Alaska Native Culture & History”.

Featuring: Dr. Holly Miowak Guise from University of New Mexico, Dr. Ian Hartman from University of Alaska Anchorage History Department, and Professor Arlene Schmuland, Head of the Consortium Library’s Archives & Special Collections. Moderated by Dr. Maria Williams from Alaska Native Studies at UAA.

This is an event celebrating Alaska Native Studies’ 30th and the Consortium Library’s 50th Anniversary. Co-sponsored by the Alaska Center for the Book.

Parking is free and pizza will be provided.

Comfort Foods and Holiday Feasts

As the semester winds down, perhaps your thoughts are turning to comfort foods and holiday feasting.

Did you know that the UAA/APU Consortium library collection includes a large cookbook collection? If you’d like to take a break from your studies by spending some time in the kitchen, we have lots of inspiration for you!

A quick search of the Consortium Library Catalog will help you find these resources. You can limit your search to just books in the UAA/APU Consortium. Searching by subject terms will also be helpful. Subject searches for “seasonal cooking“, “holiday cooking“, or for a particular holiday plus the phrase “cooking” (i.e., “Kwanzaa cooking” or “Christmas cooking“, etc.) will yield results that will send you running to the kitchen.

Want some recipes using Alaskan foods? Try searching “cooking – Alaska” or “food – Alaska“. You’ll find recipes with salmon, halibut, berries, and many other traditional foods. A search for “wild plants, edible – Alaska” or “cooking – game” will provide multiple cookbooks with Alaskan recipes. 

Enjoy your time in the kitchen, and happy eating!