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Keith B. Mather Library

Mather Library with C space, bookshelves, etc


The Keith B. Mather Library is the most northern special library in the United States. The library supports the research of the Geophysical Institute, the International Arctic Research Center and the geophysical research community.

The geophysical collection areas include:

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

Mather Library is also home to the graduate-level BioSciences collection of UAF Rasmuson Library.

COVID-19 changes and precautions

Visit the UA coronavirus information website to learn how the University of Alaska is responding to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and find links to communications, policy guidance and resources.  

You can see a complete list of your checkouts, and you can renew your items, by logging into the library catalog with your library card number (or UA ID number) and your PIN:

If you have questions, please call our Circulation desk at 907-474-7503 or email us at:


 202 Akasofu Building 
 Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Library Catalog

Mather Library is a member of the Alaska Library Catalog, a consortium of 87 public, academic, special and K-12 libraries serving 92 percent of the population of Alaska. The shared catalog has 3.2 million titles. The Alaska Library Catalog can be used to locate books, videos, reports and other materials owned by the UAF Keith B. Mather Library and UAF Rasmuson Library as well as other ALC libraries throughout Alaska.

Click here to view the Library Catalog


Alaska Patent and Trademark Resource

Mather Library is designated a Patent and Trademark Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office. The library receives and houses copies of U.S. patents and trademark materials, makes them readily available to the public, and disseminates patent and trademark information. Additional patent resource books are available to borrow from the library’s collection.

Phone:  907-474-2636

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

Suggested Reading

Additional resources are available on the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website.

Requests for Services

Specialized patent reference services are available Tuesday and Thursday or by appointment. Requests for information may be made by telephone, email, or in person. It is advisable to call for an appointment before coming to the library for patent or trademark information.


Collaboration Space

Mather Library has private and semi-private meeting spaces available for collaborative work and meetings for University of Alaska affiliated groups during library hours. Preference is given to faculty, students and/or staff of the Geophysical Institute and/or International Arctic Research Center.

C-Space is a semiprivate area that seats up to six. The integrated ShareLink monitor and system offers reliable content sharing via wire or wireless connectivity.

Conference Room 202H is a private conference room with seating for up to 12. The room offers a Cisco IP phone, projector, and whiteboard.

Contact us for more information or to schedule.