In 2017, with grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASU Library, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), began to explore questions about how print collections can be positioned to engage and inspire. Using the two university libraries as real-world case studies, the project team explored larger questions around the enduring value of print; creating inclusive, engaging and useful print collections; and developing a new book-collecting philosophy for the 21st century.

With additional, generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASU Library is now exploring a data-driven and community-aware approach to developing inclusive print collections for the reopening of Hayden Library in 2020. Throughout 2018 and 2019, ASU Library staff are developing, carrying out, and assessing experiments to engage with scholars, learners, and community members. Data gathered in this process will inform the design of our open stack collections for 2020.

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The project team has developed a case study outline, and is in the process of revising an ASU Library case study to share widely. If you develop a case study based on this outline, we would appreciate your feedback on this tool.

We also welcome conversations and expressions of interest in discussing the implications of this project for local collections planning, as well as consortial, regional, and national collection networks.

Upcoming projects

Visual Bibliographies - Fall 2019

A closer look at the research process that highlights faculty publications and interviews

Locations: Noble Library, 1st floor


Dust & Shadow: An Acoustic Ecology Salon - Fall 2019

An immersive, audio and print experience of the Southwest desert

Dust & Shadow is hosted in partnership with the Institute for Humanities Research and the Institute for Desert Humanities.

Location: Hayden Library, C55A