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Tuzzy Consortium Library: About Tuzzy

About Tuzzy

The Tuzzy Consortium Library, located in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, provides public library services to the entire North Slope Borough and is the academic library for Iḷisaġvik College . The library is named in honor of Evelyn Tuzroyluk Higbee of Point Hope, who was a member of the original Board of Higher Education for the college. The Tuzzy Consortium Library is located in the same building as the Iñupiat Heritage Center. 

Tuzzy Library is a Federal Depository Library.  Resources held by the library include: books, ebooks, DVD's, ebooks, audiobooks, streaming educational films, microforms, newspapers, periodicals, databases, and local, state and federal documents. Special collections include a growing Archive as well as a circulating Alaskan section with particular emphasis on arctic and polar regions information, the North Slope, and the Iñupiaq history, language and culture. The library provides 18 public access computers, terminals to the library catalog, a variety of CD-ROM based databases, the Internet, computer applications, and typewriters. Copying, faxing, and scanning services are also available for a small fee. 



Tuzzy Library is part of the Alaska Library Catalog and offers access to over 6 million items statewide including, books, DVDs, ebooks, audiobooks,. journals, newspapers, music CDs, youth activity sets, and more. Our library location contains over 50,000 books and 6,000 DVDs.

Loan periods for library materials are 30 days for Books, 7 days for DVDs and music CDs; 2 weeks for Best-Sellers, and 3 days for Journals and Newspapers.

The library offers a variety of technology services including: 18 PC computers for patron use. Laptops for in-library use. Open Wireless network. Videoconferencing service. Photocopier/Scanner. Printers (1 black & white, 1 color). Projector and screens for presentations.

Tuzzy Library does not have fines for late materials. There are fees for lost and damaged materials, and materials borrowed from other libraries are subject to late fines and fees from the owning library.

Tuzzy Library offers a wide variety of programs for all ages, including: Crafternoon, Family Storytime, Family Movie Nights, Summer Reading, Lecture Series, and more! Please see the library homepage for our events calendar and upcoming event information.

Call Tuzzy Library at 907-852-4050 or 1-800-478-6916, or send an email to

Our address is 5421 North Star Street, Utqiagvik, AK 99723. We are located across from the AC store, in the same building as the Iñupiat Heritage Center. We also have locations in seven North Slope Village School Libraries through partnership with the North Slope Borough School District: Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Hope, Point Lay, and Wainwright.

Evelyn Tuzroyluk Higbee

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