Mather Library


Mather Librarary

Keith B. Mather Library

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
Phone: 907-474-7503 or 907-474-7512



The Keith B. Mather Library is the most northern special library in the United States. It supports both the Geophysical Institute and the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska as well as the geophysical research community. The collection areas include the following:

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Aurora
  • Glaciology
  • Global Change
  • Ice
  • Permafrost
  • Remote Sensing
  • Sedimentation
  • Seismology
  • Snow
  • Space Physics
  • Volcanology

The Mather Library is also home to the graduate-level Biosciences collection.

The Mather Library is located on the main floor of the Akasofu Building, 2160 Koyukuk Drive on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.


Keith B Mather Library plaque

Hours and location

The library is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday for library service and public access to the collection. 

The Mather Library is located on the main floor of the Akasofu Building, 2160 Koyukuk Drive on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. This expanded facility opened in 1999.

Postal address
Keith B. Mather Library
Akasofu Building Rm 202
International Arctic Research Center
2160 Koyukuk
P.O. Box 757355
Fairbanks, AK 99775-7355

Phone: 907-474-7503 or 907-474-7512
907-474-2636 for Patent Office questions
Fax: 907-474-6846




UAF library catalog

WORLDCAT (global catalog for over 10,000+ libraries)


Interlibrary Loan (link to request form)
This service is available only to UAF faculty, staff and students.

Photocopying/Scanning/Fax available


Periodicals, data, public data files (Alaska DGGS), reference material, and USGS archival are all non-circulating.  Reserve material is for in-library use only.


Flying Tiny Whoops Drones

With a valid Polar Express Card, UAF faculty, staff, and students may fly a Tiny Whoops drone in the lower level of Mather Library on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Patrons must watch a brief instructional video before flying a drone.  The instructional video is available for viewing during the library’s open hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  For further information, please contact Mather Library, or 474-7503.



Online Journals (available at GI/IARC only)

Accessible only at GI or IARC (see also UAF Journals List at Rasmuson Library)

Special Collections

  • Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Survey Publications
  • Alaska Department of Transportation Library (DOT Collection)
  • Alaskan Geologic and Mining Theses and Dissertations
  • Army Meteorological Team Data - Alaska
  • Canadian Meteorological Publications
  • Deep Sea Drilling Volumes
  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior
  • International Geophysical Year
  • International Historical Glaciological Collection
  • International Northern Sea Route
  • Japanese Geological Survey
  • MIRL Reports
  • Outer Continental Shelf Publications
  • U.S. Army Cold Regions Publications (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory reports)
  • USGS Alaska publications


Room Scheduling

Keith B. Mather Library has several spaces available for collaborative work and meetings.  Groups utilizing these areas must be affiliated with the University of Alaska with priority given to faculty, students, and/or staff of the Geophysical Institute and/or International Arctic Research Center.  Rooms are available for use during normal library hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

202H is the conference room seating 10-12 people.  Equipment in 202H includes multimedia projector, slide projector, overhead projector, screen, whiteboards, and room telephone (mute/speaker options).  See availability.

Our new collaborative space or C-Space is available for impromptu gatherings or reserved in advance by contacting Mather Library staff.  C-Space seating is designed for a group of approximately four to six people in a semi-private area.  The wireless Sharelink function in the C-Space allows sharing of information on up to four devices whether laptop, tablet, or phone.  See availability.

Keith B. Mather Library has additional meeting areas that can be utilized, whether for a small group or a group of up to 12 people.

  • There is no charge for room usage.
  • Requester/room users are responsible for their own equipment set-up.
  • Room users are responsible for damages to equipment or furniture.
  • Equipment and furniture should not be removed from rooms.
  • Users must leave the room clean and ready for the next user.
  • Room users agree to maintain a respectable noise level while in the library/building.

To schedule, or for more information, please contact the library at 474-7503 or 474-7512.  Alternatively, email for more information.  You may visit the library during normal library hours to view the available spaces.

Please notify us as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation.

Alaska Patent & Trademark Resource Center

The Keith B. Mather Library at UAF's Geophysical Institute was designated an official Patent and Trademark Depository Library in April 2010 by the U.S. Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office. In October 2011, federal changes led to a new name, the Alaska Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

The Mather Library receives and houses copies of U.S. patents and trademark materials, makes them readily available to the public, and actively disseminates patent and trademark information.

The Patent and Trademark Resource Center collection is located in the Keith B. Mather Library of the Geophysical Institute in Room 202, Akasofu Building, 2158 Koyukuk Drive on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

Legal Advice
The library can provide limited information about Patent and Trademark Office forms and fees, but can not give legal advice. The United States Patent and Trademark Office recommends that inventors contact a patent or trademark attorney for legal advice before submitting a patent or trademark application. A list of registered patent or trademark attorneys and agents in Alaska and other states is available from the Patent and Trademark Resource Center.

Free Services

  • Reference assistance in locating answers to patent and trademark questions
  • Training and assistance in searching basic patent and trademark information
  • Access to files of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Online access to state trademark registration
  • Online access to the European Patent Office for information about foreign patents and reliable sources for obtaining them
  • Patent searching classes, which last approximately two hours. Call the library at 907-474-2636 for information about the next available class.

Internet Resources

Suggested Reading
Free at the Mather Library:

  • Basic Facts about Trademarks
  • General Information Concerning Patents
  • Guide for the Preparation of Patent Drawings
  • Guide to Filing a Design Patent Application
  • Guide to Filing a Utility Patent Application

Additional patent resource books are added to the collection as they become available.

Requests for Services
Specialized patent reference services are available Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment.

Requests for information may be made by telephone, fax, email, or in person. It is advisable to call for an appointment before coming to the library for patent or trademark search.

Telephone: 907-474-2636
Fax: 907-474-6846

Patent Copying
Self-service copying of patents is available at a charge of $.15 per page.

Alaska Department of Transportation Collection

The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities library collection is housed and cataloged by the Keith B. Mather Library at UAF.

The collection onsists of about 22,500 books, reports, manuals and periodicals. Each piece has been cataloged with the designation “DOT” in the call number and can be found in UAF’s online catalog.

Highways, bridges, airports, roads, docks, harbors, ferries, soils, traffic, safety, maintenance, design, construction, operations, policy, etc.

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday, when the Keith B. Mather Library is open. The Mather Library is located on the main floor of the Akasofu Building, 2160 Koyukuk Drive on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

Special Series
Engineering Geology and Soils Reports, Geotechnical Reports, Foundation Reports

Reference services are provided.

Quick Links:
Alaska DOT&PF
Alaska DOT&PF employee directory
Other State DOTs
Transport Canada

Related Databases:
TRID — Database that provides access to over 900,000 records of transportation of published or on-going research worldwide.

TLCAT — National Transportation Libraries Group Catalog) A tool that enables the user to search multiple transportation catalogs at one time using OCLC’s First Search

Related Publications
TRR —Transportation Research Record Journal Online 1996

TRB — Transportation Research E-Newsletter

TR News — TRB’s bimonthly magazine


More Links of Interest
Alaska Railroad

Alaska Region Federal Aviation Administration

Center for Transportation Analysis – Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

Center for Transportation Research – University of Texas at Austin

Federal Highway Administration 

Federal Transit Administration 

Transport Web 

Transportation Research Board – Research in Progress 

Turner - Fairbanks Highway Research Center 


Sources of Information on Pipelines by Kay Kenyon Barboza and Julia H. Triplehorn