ASU Library provides access to millions of information resources in support of scholarly research, inquiry, and education of ASU affiliated learners, researchers, and staff. Our collections also support programs that offer pathways to an ASU education, along with K-12 outreach and community partnership initiatives. The Library holds resources in many categories, including: scholarly journals and books, databases, microforms, audiovisual materials, rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps, and government information. Featured specialized collections include: University archives, Arizona and regional materials, and research collections related to communities and peoples who are closely connected to the region, with special focus on Latinx, Chicano/Chicana, and Indigenous peoples. The Library also facilitates access to openly licensed materials, such as those materials licensed to be widely used in accordance with Creative Commons Licensing.

ASU Library employs a personal approach to the design and management of our collections. We engage with our communities in dialogue in order to select and manage information resources that inform, inspire, and engage them. These conversations, supplemented with data analysis and other forms of feedback, are used to develop useful and interesting collections for our communities.

Our collections

  • UniversityArchives

    University Archives

    Explore the history and evolution of Arizona State University, from 1885 to present day.

  • Two Native American women sit and speak together while wearing masks for safety in the Labriola center.

    Labriola National American Indian Data Center

    Featuring current and historical work of Indigenous authors across disciplines.

  • Open Stacks

    Open Stack Collections

    Engage with our print collections curated in response to community feedback and research needs, and openly available for all to explore and use. 

  • Black and white photo of ASU Gammage auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Distinctive Collections

    ASU Library is home to six renowned research collections featuring millions of items that serve as increasingly critical resources to local and global communities.

Grant projects

  • 100years

    100 Years of Grand

    The Grand Canyon Centennial Project commemorates the legislative creation of the Grand Canyon National Park in February 1919 with the goal to enhance public understanding of the park’s history.

  • Community archives

    Community-Driven Archives

    A three-year project designed to build and expand community-driven collections to preserve and improve Arizona’s archives and to give voice to historically marginalized communities.

  • Future of print

    Future of Print

    A three-year Mellon grant to explore a data-driven and community-aware approach to developing inclusive print collections and the impact of print in the digital age.

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