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Alaska State Publications: Home

The Alaska State Publications Program

The goal of the Alaska State Publications Program is to make State publications freely available to Alaskans. This program is mandated by Alaska Statute 14.56, the State Library Distribution and Data Access Center. The benefits of the program are numerous:

  • Tangible State publications are preserved in the Alaska State Library's vault, and housed in other depository libraries including the Library of Congress.
  • Digital State publications are preserved in the Alaska State Publications Digital Library, currently through Preservica, and the Alaska State Government Web Snapshots through the Internet Archive's Archive-It service.
  • State publications are cataloged into global and local library catalogs. The public can request these materials through interlibrary loan at their local library.
  • Agencies can refer public requests for these materials to libraries. This service is especially valuable when the public is seeking an agency publication that is out-of-print or no longer on the agency's website.

Finding State Publications

To locate a State publication, first search the Alaska Library Catalog.  The catalog indexes tangible State publications held by Alaska depository libraries, and digital publications held in the Alaska State Library's new State Publications Digital Library. Presently, we are moving publications stored on our web servers to the new Digital Archive.  In addition, although our Digital Archive includes some metadata about State publications, our catalog more fully indexes them.  Therefore, while it is possible to search our State Publications Digital Archive directly, we recommend starting with a catalog search. 

If you do not find the publications you are seeking in the catalog, search the Alaska State Government Website Snapshots using guidance provided below. 

At any time, contact the Alaska State Library for assistance. 

Searching the Alaska State Government Website Snapshots

In website archives, you will find archived press releases and speeches from the Governor, State agency publications, video clips, audio files and much more.  Use the search box and links below to search for or browse the Web Archives.

Web archiving is an inexact mechanism of harvesting and preserving State publications.   Because we crawl websites usually several times per year at most, our collection of archived websites are only snapshots in time.  Also, the "crawler" used to identify and harvest publications will often miss publications available through dynamic web pages and databases.  In addition, more recently, as State Government produces more and more web content, we are unable to budget for harvest and preservation of all Alaska State Government web content. Please contact us if you are unable to find or access a State agency page or publication in our web archives.

Search Web Archives

Information for Publishing Agencies

Alaska Statutes require State Agencies to provide State Publications to the Alaska State Library.  To see if your agency or a particular document or publication you prepare is covered by the State Publications Program, see definitions in the sidebar to the right.  

During the production phase

To ensure that your publications are easy to find, read, and print, check out our 1/2 hour webinar, Best Practices for State Publications (YouTube, 28 min).  To ensure that the publication can be used by as many people as possible, follow the ADA Coordinator's guidance and strive to make them WCAG 2.1 AA compliant.

To ensure that the web crawler used to Archive agency websites can do its work, publications specialists and web developers should ensure that any robots.txt file or other mechanisms do not block the crawler (archive.org_bot) from accessing servers where public web content is stored. The crawler is polite, and rarely impacts site performance. If you have concerns about this, please contact us and we will work with you.

Distribute tangible publications to the Library

There are three ways that state agencies can send tangible publications to the Alaska State Publications Program.

  1. If you are in Juneau and have access to interoffice mail, please send your six copies (five if the publication is available online) to Mail Stop 0571, Attention Government Publications.
  2. If you do not have access to interoffice mail and your office is located in downtown Juneau, please call 465-1300 to arrange for pickup of your publications.
  3. All other offices should send their copies by regular mail to Alaska State Library, Attn Government Publications, PO Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571.
Notify the Library of digital publications

If you do not produce a particular publication in tangible form, you should provide digital copies instead.  You can send the URL (Internet Address) of your publication to  If the publication is not on the internet, email the file to or, if the file is too large for email, submit it through Alaska ZendTo. When you send us your digital publication, we will usually either ensure that it is captured in our web archives, and/or will add preservation and access copies to our State Publications Digital Archive.  

Information for Depository Libraries

The Alaska State Library ships copies of tangible State publications to depository libraries about every one to six months,  With each mailing, we produce a shipping list.  The shipping list also includes newly cataloged digital publications.  A paper copy of each shipping list is included with the mailing.  Digital copies of shipping lists are available through the link below.

List of Alaska Depository Libraries (ADL's)

  • Alaska State Library, Juneau (ADL 1 and 5)
  • UAF's Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, Fairbanks (presently receives only tangible publications not also available online) (ADL 2)
  • UAA Consortium Library , Anchorage (ADL 3)
  • Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (ADL 4)
  • Alaska Resources Library and Information Service, Anchorage (ADL 8)

Contact Information

Please contact your local library or the Alaska State Library Reference Desk for assistance locating Alaska State publications.

Phone: (907) 465.2920

Alaska State Library
Government Publications
PO Box 110571
Juneau, AK 99811-0571

Phone: 907.465.1300
Fax: 907.465.2665

What Agencies are Covered by the State Publications Program?

Under 14.56.180, "state agencies" covered under the State Publications program includes "state departments, divisions, agencies, boards, associations, commissions, corporations, and offices, and the University of Alaska and its affiliated research institutes."

What is a "State Publication"?

Undrer AS 14.56.180, a "State Publication" is any "official document, compilation, journal, bill, law, resolution, bluebook, statute, code, register, pamphlet, list, book, report, study, hearing transcript, leaflet, order, regulation, directory, periodical, or magazine issued or contracted for by a state agency..."   Examples of publications include:

  • Annual or biennial reports
  • Audits
  • Brochures or pamphlets
  • Directories
  • Drafts of plans (published for public review)
  • Environmental impact statements (draft and final)
  • Financial reports
  • Handbooks, guides, and manuals
  • Journals and magazines
  • Maps
  • Newsletters
  • Planning and evaluation reports
  • Posters
  • Research reports and studies
  • Standards
  • State or strategic plans
  • Statistical compilations

The following are NOT publications:

  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Forms, stationery, etc.
  • Grant proposals, bids, RFPs, etc.
  • Notices of proposed rule adoption
  • Any publication intended only for use inside your agency