Our library houses more than 2,500 historical and contemporary books and periodicals on Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian culture, history and language. These books include the works of scientists and scholars in art, history, anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, and social and natural sciences, as well as historical and descriptive accounts and observations by explorers, missionaries, travelers and naturalists. The collection includes historical and contemporary educational publications, curriculum materials and language texts and translations. We house many rare and out of print books, trade books and publications by university presses and museums. While the collection focuses on the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples of Southeast Alaska, historical and contemporary publications on other peoples of the Northwest Coast in Canada and the United States are also collected and maintained. Furthermore, we gather together important publications related to salient social and cultural issues facing Alaska's Native peoples and Native Americans in the continental United States.
You can search our library online. SHI's books and archival collections are cataloged in OCLC WorldCat, the Capital Cities Library Information Center catalog, and the Anchorage Consortium library catalog. Member libraries of the CCLIC include the Alaska State Library, University of Alaska Southeast's Egan Library, and the three branches of the Juneau/Douglas cities libraries. The Anchorage consortium library catalog showcases our library's holdings to all libraries in the Anchorage area and those located outside of Anchorage via the University of Alaska Anchorage/Alaska Pacific University extension campus libraries in places like Kodiak, Kenai, and Eagle River.