The Future

Hayden Library and lawn as it appears now.A reimagining of space, resources and services will guide Hayden Library’s renovation, set to begin in late 2017, to enhance its overall accessibility and engagement with the ASU community, and to elevate the role of the ASU Library in advancing and evoking the design aspirations that are central to our New American University.

Plans to redesign Hayden include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes. 

While many books will remain at Hayden Library, those that leave will be permanently stationed at Noble Library or at the Polytechnic campus in a high-density fulfillment center, where books will be available for rapid delivery. The fulfillment center will operate similarly to Amazon Prime, getting students and faculty what they need quickly and efficiently, while maximizing space within Hayden Library for students to study, work and interact.

Further plans to complement the building renovation and modernize the library’s services include developing a network of makerspaces, in which students and faculty can create everything from podcasts to 3-D printouts; cultivating partnerships university-wide that leverage and enhance the library’s unique collections and data research centers, such as the new Map and Geospatial Hub; and implementing a newly integrated library system and updated service platform, a merging of technology and bibliographic units, and the expansion of the ASU Digital Repository.

Building Vision Statement

The Hayden Library will be a renewed library for the New American University. It will be a hub that brings together inspiring and effective spaces, reinvented services, unique collections, and integrated partners to facilitate student success.

Hayden will welcome in the ASU community, inspire and challenge them when they are here, showcase ASU work and collections, support them with user-friendly spaces and services, and connect people to the information and ideas that move the university and society forward.

At the same time, ASU Library will complement the renewed building by enhancing how the library as an organization gets outside of the building walls, including outreach, embedding staff within courses and projects, creating a network of makerspaces, and being more digitally present in places even before people know they need the library.