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.
The Future of Print
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.
Our featured collections
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latin Americana Collection
This collection supports ASU faculty and students studying the literature, history, culture and languages of Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
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.
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.