The Open Stack Collections at ASU Library include millions of print and openly-accessible digital materials for all to explore and use.

The Library’s open stacks create new and ongoing opportunities for library users to discover and engage with previously unknown works. To explore ASU Library’s open digital collections, visit the ASU Digital Repository.

Print books are still a cornerstone component in the Library’s landscape of learning. The design of ASU Library’s print collections is guided in part by The Future of Print initiative, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which aims to inspire new thinking around the development of inclusive, high-quality, and user-focused print collections for research and learning.

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The Future of Print

Eninatig (Willow) Miller 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. Photo by Kelsey Hinesley, ASU Library.

With grant support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASU Library is exploring a data-driven and community-aware approach to developing open stack print collections. With the aim to create meaningful collections that engage users and add value to the community, ASU Library is exploring the data landscape of print resources at Arizona State University to incorporate data-driven selection and assessment methods into the collection design process.

Learn more about The Future of Print initiative.

Our featured collections

Three school-age children read a book from the Curriculum Collection together in ASU's Hayden Library. Photo by Amy Carolyn Watson, ASU Library.

Children and Young Adult Collection

Composed of books written especially for preschool through young adult readers, this collection is used primarily by students and faculty in education and English education classes focused on children's literature, language learning, literacy and young adult literature.

Librarian Qian Liu opens a special bound piece of essays from the East Asian Collection to reveal hand lettered Chinese script, as the book rests on a wood table. Photo by Kelsey Hinesley, ASU Library.

East Asian Collection

As one of the only two East Asian collections in Arizona, the ASU East Asian Collection was established in the 1970s to provide informational support for programs related to East Asian studies, concentrating in classical literature, history, arts and art history, religious studies, linguistics and anthropology.

President Lyndon Johnson signs Central Arizona Project legislation seated at a ceremonial desk, while advisors and the First Lady Lady Bird Johnson stand behind him.

Government Information Collections

Includes publications, reports, statistics, and studies from federal, state, and local county and city agencies, as well as United Nation documents, all of which are open to the public.

An image of a shelf-top sign that reads “Adolescence”, which sits on top of a shelf of books relating to the content to be taught in nearby classrooms in ASU’s re-envisioned Hayden Library.

Hayden Library Collections

These collections are co-curated by librarians and ASU faculty to expand on course themes being taught in Hayden Library’s concourse classroom spaces, and are inspired by ASU communities to be inclusive of the many backgrounds, interests, and research needs that make up our users.

A person rests their hand on a book that is sitting on a book cradle, strings of page weights are on each side.

Latin Americana Collection

This collection supports ASU faculty and students studying the literature, history, culture and languages of Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Elevation map of the greater Grand Canyon region that employs a combination of true color imagery with elevation values rendered along a false color ramp, created for the Mapping Grand Canyon Conference in 2019.

Maps and Cartographic Materials

Thousands of maps and related cartographic materials—such as atlases, globes, and books on cartography—are available through the Map and Geospatial Hub.

Section of the illustrated front cover of Alexander's Ragtime Band music showing a conductor and band playing in a gazebo.

Music Collection

The collection includes books on a wide range of musical topics: the history of music, biographies of musicians, music theory and composition, music education, music therapy, bibliographic works on various composers and musical genre, catalogs of other libraries, and musical dictionaries and encyclopedias in a variety of languages.


Composer Rossini With the Flow of the Hand
October 17, 2021 (All day)
Music Library
Composer Rossini With the Flow of the Hand
October 26, 2021 (All day)
Music Library
Indigenous Woman walking with basket on book cover. An Indian Among Los Indigenas
November 10, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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