Off-Campus Services

Off-Campus Library Services is a unit set up to serve all UAF students and faculty who do not live in Fairbanks, Alaska. We work in support of The College of Rural & Community Development and UAF eCampus.

For Students

We can supply your information needs for the courses you are taking. For example, if a research paper is required in an online, audio or other distance course that you are taking, you can contact us, explain your information need, and we will send library materials to you so that you can write your paper.

For Faculty

We support your teaching and research needs. We are happy to assist by providing research services and materials that will help in course preparation and faculty-related research, and to provide library instruction via audio conference.


We have a new, online way to find books, journal articles and many other information sources. QuickSearch, puts results from the Library Catalog and 95% of our 150+ databases in one place.   

On the main page of the Library website look for the QuickSearch box or click the link to the Advanced Search page. QuickSearch does not search ProQuest or Westlaw databases. If you are using QuickSearch from off-campus, you will need to log in using your UAF username and password.

For a brief tutorial on how QuickSearch works, see What is QuickSearch & How Do I Use It?

If you need BOOKS, you can browse through the book collection in the Library Catalog

If you need JOURNAL ARTICLES for your class, try Academic Search Premier, a collection of peer-reviewed articles and academic journals. Once you're logged into the site, be sure to note the "Full Text" and "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" options below the search fields.

You may also wish to look at NewsBank Online, a NEWSPAPER resource. Select NewsBank Online from the options.

If you are off campus, a UA email username and password are required. Find your UA username and activate your email account through ELMO.

For more information contact the UA OIT help Desk at 907-450-8300 (1-800-478-8226 within Alaska). Accounts are available to all UAF students, faculty, and staff free of charge.

What You Can Expect From Us

The Off-Campus Library Services unit is committed to fast, efficient, and accurate responses to the people requesting our service. If you are working on a twenty-page paper, you will receive more material that if you are writing a two-page paper. The type of material you receive (books or photocopies of articles) depends a lot on your topic and what we find when we do the search. If you are not satisfied with what you receive, please let us know. Occasionally a topic will be so obscure or so complex to search that is goes beyond the amount of time that we can allot to it. If this should occur, we will contact you and ask if you have an alternative topic.

What We Expect From You

When you contact us by telephone, we will ask routine questions such as your name, mailing address, telephone and FAX number if you have them, course name, and instructor. We will also ask for your UA ID number so that we can set up a library checkout record for you. (We check out the books to you if we send books).

We will then ask questions about what you need. These questions are especially important if we are doing the searching for you, because we want to search for and send exactly what you need. Before you call, it might be helpful for you to write down a sentence or two description the topic you are working on.

If you contact us by mail, e-mail, or fax, please try to provide information to the questions we would ask you via the phone (mentioned in the previous two paragraphs).

If you reach our answering machine, please leave a message with your name, how and when we can reach you best, and some idea regarding your information need.

Last, but definitely not least, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible with your topic!

~Tyson Rinio - Off-Campus Services librarian

For additional information about accessing our digital resources, please refer to the file below. 

This page was last modified on February 26, 2020