We serve as a resource for all tribal and community members bringing the power of information, imagination, and inspiration to the people while promoting and preserving the Tlingit culture.
The library is open year round to all ages thanks to a partnership between the Chilkat Indian Village, the Chatham School District and funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Native American Library Services Enhancement grant and the Alaska State Library’s Public Library Assistance Grants.
The Klukwan Community/School Library Revitalization Project began in 2005 and has resulted in a warm and cozy library offering the following services:
- Books, audio books, magazines, newspapers and films for all ages (new materials are added monthly)
- Access to the Internet
- Storytimes for children
- Computerized catalog and check-out system
- Interlibrary loan (borrowing materials from other libraries when we don't have what you need)
- Computer training for individuals
- Programs for adults and youth
- Cultural programs and events
- Tribal Archive Collection
- Reference services
- Notary Public services
Library staff works hard to weave the services and resources into the fabric of the daily life of our village. Currently they are engaged in implementing a two year project -- Keeping Traditional Knowledge Alive in the 21st Century. The project includes cultural and education programing, the creation of eight locally written books for the Klukwan History Book Series, and an expansion of the Tribal Archive Collection.
The library is open Monday through Saturday. Stop by to check out the resources and services or email staff with your questions and requests.
The Chilkat Indian Village would like to thank the Institute of Museum and Library Services for funding the Cultivating Traditional Practices: enhancing our self-reliance and preserving our culture project. This two-year project includes cultural and skill building programs, development of the library's collections, increased access to cultural resources, and the documentation of elder knowledge and traditional practices, through the creation of a locally produced series of 7 Klukwan Traditional Practices films.
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