2nd floor featured collections

Location: 2nd floor perimeter


Human adolescence describes the period of development that occurs between childhood and adulthood. Begun with the onset of puberty, adolescence is characterized by marked physical, psychological, and social changes. Understanding human adolescence requires a careful consideration of ethnic, gender, sexual, and social identities as well as a person's family environment and economic class.

What characteristics are important for understanding adolescent risk taking, decision-making and intellectual development? What roles do community and service organizations play? What about educational and religious institutions?

We encourage you to explore the “Adolescence Collection,” co-curated by ASU librarians and Dr. Sarah Lindstrom Johnson from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. This collection, which supports the CDE/SOC 312 course, includes books (academic studies, fiction, graphic novels) and DVDs that explore these questions through multidisciplinary approaches to topics that include health, immigration, social media, and violence.

Beyond Books: Creating Inclusive and Accessible Library Spaces 

As part of their student thesis, Alexis Juarez and Carly Goulding have compiled resources that explore accessibility in libraries and other community spaces.     

Dust & Shadow

This collection of books draws attention to desert landscapes, such as the nearby Sonoran Desert, and calls us to consider our own interactions with the natural world. Through vibrant photography, critical texts, science fiction, and other works, readers are invited to contemplate such environments in relation to modern societies, media, and technology and attune to our surroundings. This project represents part of the output from a collaboration with the Institute for Humanities and designers Maja and Nik Gaffney. Learn more about Dust & Shadow.

Collecting Collections

Explore different and sometimes unusual interests that drive us to collect things. Whether you build collections to preserve the past, express your appreciation for a particular passion, or simply find pleasure in finding new things, ASU Library invites you to consider your own collecting practices and learn about the practices of others. We also invite you to develop your own critical perspective on building collections, which is a hobby for some and a profession for others. 


Whether you are inexperienced in the kitchen or a culinary expert, food brings people together and is enjoyed by just about anyone. Nowadays, recipes to satisfy any taste and skill-level are within reach. Included in this collection are the inspirations and instructions needed to create meals for just about any occasion and diet: international cuisines, vegetarian, keto, and southwestern cooking, to name a few.


While we all spend our lives learning, many of us also spend years in pursuit of formal education. Learning about education provides an opportunity to think critically about our own experiences, and explore the experiences of other students. These books discuss social, legal, and religious movements that have had significant effects on the experience of being a student in the United States.

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels and comic books use illustrations, panels, and speech bubbles to tell a story. They can cover a number of genres from fantasy to superhero fiction, from memoir to mystery. Pictures and cartoons tend to be more prominent than text, creating a truly visual reading experience appropriate for both younger and more mature audiences.


Inspired by 19th century authors like Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, books in the horror genre cover themes that speak to our deepest fears. They are unsettling, eerie, dark, and deliberately troubling. These stories often contain supernatural elements and gothic landscapes meant to be full of suspense and captivatingly frightening.

Language Methods & Assessment

American K-12 classrooms are places of diversity, particularly with respect to race, language, learning styles and abilities, experiences, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Research supports the need to highlight and validate this diversity by making learning relevant to each child. Teachers need to be creative and innovative to ensure that their teaching practices are culturally sustainable and responsive to all students' educational and social-emotional needs.

Books in this collection were curated specifically for the EED433 course taught by Katherine Morris and were selected to provide future teachers with resources for enhancing their understanding of contemporary curriculum development and familiarity with a variety of content that addresses critical perspectives in education. These materials reflect a rich range of cultures and perspectives and can be used to facilitate meaningful conversation in the classroom.


Words have the power to change the course of history and shape the way we think. These books have acted as catalysts for social change for groups of people around the world. They have also inspired new perspectives among students here at ASU, or influenced how they understand the world around them.

Untold Histories

The books in this collection are comprised of individuals who have shared their testimonios, or testimonials, and encourages students to share and preserve their own stories. Books included were selected by ASU Library student employees and cover many different backgrounds, cultures, and storytelling techniques of lived experiences promoting critical thinking about representation and identity. This project is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more about Untold Histories.