Downtown Library

The Anchorage Public Library and Anchorage Library Foundation are working to establish a downtown library, which has the potential to play an important role in the revitalization of downtown and could serve as an anchor tenant for a multi-use development.

ADN Article – Internet access. Maybe a cafe. And books, of course. A downtown Anchorage library is moving closer to reality.

This project is made possible by a generous bequest from Janet and John Goetz, long-time downtown residents who had a vision to establish a walkable library to serve the diverse needs of downtown residents, workers and visitors.

ADN Article – A longtime Anchorage resident wanted a downtown library. She left a lot of money for it.

The project was guided by the Downtown Library Exploration Committee – made up of members of the community with expertise and interest in downtown development who provided input to shape the vision and mission of the downtown library. If you have input, please contact

Project Information

Downtown Library
Business Plan
Downtown Library
Survey Results

Final Presentation to Downtown Library Exploration Committee, Jan. 19, 2018

Presentation to Downtown Library Exploration Committee Jan. 27, 2017

Meetings with Community Members

  • Beans Cafe
  • Visit Anchorage
  • Alaska Humanities Forum
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • Kaladi Brothers, PAC
  • Sobermiut
  • Fairview, Government Hill and South Addition Community Councils
  • Assembly Member Chris Constant
  • Catholic Social Services, Refugee and Immigration Assistance Services
  • Eklutna Tribal Council
  • Atwood Foundation
  • Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
  • First Alaskans Institute, staff brainstorming session
  • Kate Slyker, Tennys Owens, community members
  • MOA Mayor’s Office, George Martinez
  • Anchorage Community Development Authority
  • Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
  • Eklutna Native Village, Chief Lee Stephan
  • MOA Transit, Abul Hassan and Bart Rudolph
  • Covenant House, Education/Career Development Staff
  • Bridge Builders, Board of Directors
  • MOA Real Estate Director, Robin Ward
  • MOA Planning
  • AEDC Business Development, Will Kyzer
  • Jamie Boring, Downtown Partnership
  • Cook Inlet Housing Authority
  • First Alaskans Institute
  • The Boardroom, Katherine Jernstrom
  • MOA Parks and Recreation, Josh Durand