Why are the upper levels of Hayden closed?

The Hayden Library renovation is now underway, meaning that ASU students, faculty and staff can no longer access the upper floors of Hayden Library (floors 1-4) due to safety and security reasons.

Constructed in 1966, Hayden Library tower, comprising floors 1-4, is in the process of undergoing a major redesign. While service disruptions will be kept to a minimum during the two-year renovation period, ASU Library anticipates that ASU students, faculty and staff will need additional assistance in identifying alternative study areas and retrieving library materials.

In addition to the upper level closure of Hayden Library, other major changes include:

  • Materials at Hayden Library can no longer be retrieved in person. Please see front desk staff for assistance in accessing materials. (Materials with call numbers DAW-DR, located in the basement of Hayden Library, will remain retrievable.)
  • Increased student seating has been added to Noble Library and to the underground lower level of Hayden Library for students seeking alternative study spaces.
  • Beginning this semester, Noble Library will be open 24 hours a day, five days a week, to support students and faculty during the Hayden Library renovation.

Additional study areas can be found at other Tempe campus libraries, including Noble Library, the Music Library, and the Design and the Arts Library.

For help locating or requesting materials:

  • Ask A Librarian can help get you the materials you need. 
  • Library staff at the information desk can help you access requested items. 
  • ASU librarians are happy to work with you to find the resources you need. 

Plans to redesign Hayden Library include adding multiple points of access, with greater indoor-outdoor connection; dedicating space for community gatherings; breaking the library up thematically to better facilitate navigation and research discovery; featuring and enhancing special collections; and building a smaller, highly curated academic print collection that draws from the library's 4.5 million volumes.

Building the library of the future

As a new age for books and digital content continues to emerge, academic libraries across the country are shifting their operations and reshaping their services to meet the needs of patrons and expand traditional ideas around what a library does and is.

ASU Library is engaged in a number of projects and initiatives addressing new directions and innovations for academic libraries in the 21st century.

  • ASU Library is looking at new approaches to the sustainable and meaningful management of library print collections in a landscape immersed in digital. Read their newly released white paper: The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection: A Space for Engagement
  • A three-year project designed to build and expand community-driven collections, in an effort to preserve and improve Arizona's archives and give voice to historically marginalized communities, was recently awarded a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
  • Collaborating with researchers from ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU Library is developing field-tested, replicable resource toolkits for public libraries to provide citizen scientists – everyday people who contribute to real research – in an effort to position public libraries as key facilitators of citizen science.

  • Through its SolarSPELL partnership, ASU Library is helping to deliver high-quality digitial educational resources to teachers and students in areas of the world that lack adequate electricity and internet connectivity.