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

  • Students in the original Territorial Normal School Building circa 1890.

    University Archives

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

  • Fancy dancers at the 2008 Wa:k Pow Wow.

    Labriola National American Indian Data Center

    Featuring current and historical work of Indigenous authors across disciplines.

  • Two students joyfully examine a book from the ASU Library Open Stacks collection, while standing in front of a very tallshelf of books that spans the entire background of the photograph.

    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

  • Black and white panoramic photo of a man overlooking the Grand Canyon circa 1903

    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.

  • An archivist wearing white cotton gloves holds up three black and white photos of a young woman during a preservation workshop.

    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.

  • A student reads a copy of "Ada's Violin" by Susan Hood in front of the ASU Library Concourse Collections in Hayden Library, which are a part of the Future of Print initiative.

    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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