Why are the books moving?

Beginning this fall, ASU students, faculty and staff can expect to see books, collections and materials moving to new facilities in preparation for the Hayden Library renovation, slated for completion in 2020. 

While all ASU libraries will be impacted, the most disruptions will occur at Hayden Library and Noble Library on the Tempe campus.

“All of our books will be readily available to all of our users, wherever they may be," said University Librarian Jim O'Donnell. "We’re being strategic about our physical books. The ones that are housed in open facilities will be carefully chosen to inspire, challenge and support our best work." 

A significant portion of books leaving Hayden Library will be available immediately at Noble Library. 

Materials leaving Noble Library have been identified as low-use and will be housed in ASU Library’s high density collection, where they will be available for request. Highly used materials will remain at Noble in their new location on the second floor.

Items that may appear as "unavailable" via our online library One Search can still be requested through our Interlibrary Loan service.

For help locating or requesting materials:

  • Ask A Librarian can help get you the materials you need. 
  • Library staff at the reference desk can give you information about your requested items. 
  • ASU librarians are happy to work with you to find the resources you need. 

Building the library of the future

As a new age for books and digital content continues to emerge, academic libraries across the country are shifting their operations and reshaping their services to meet the needs of patrons and expand traditional ideas around what a library does and is.

ASU Library is engaged in a number of projects and initiatives addressing new directions and innovations for academic libraries in the 21st century.

  • ASU Library is looking at new approaches to the sustainable and meaningful management of library print collections in a landscape immersed in digital. Read their newly released white paper: The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection: A Space for Engagement
  • A three-year project designed to build and expand community-driven collections, in an effort to preserve and improve Arizona's archives and give voice to historically marginalized communities, was recently awarded a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
  • Collaborating with researchers from ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU Library is developing field-tested, replicable resource toolkits for public libraries to provide citizen scientists – everyday people who contribute to real research – in an effort to position public libraries as key facilitators of citizen science.

  • Through its SolarSPELL partnership, ASU Library is helping to deliver high-quality digitial educational resources to teachers and students in areas of the world that lack adequate electricity and internet connectivity.