The Library Channel

Aug 14, 2018 ·

Beginning this week, the Design and the Arts Library will be making some adjustments to ensure that it is a safe and studious environment for students, faculty and staff at ASU.

Starting August 16, ASU-affiliated library visitors will swipe their ID card for access to the library after 5 p.m. and on weekends. Non-affiliated visitors will be welcome in the Design and the Arts Library during the week, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Design and Arts Library will continue to be open for ASU-affiliated users Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon - 5 p.m.; and Sunday,  2 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Check the hours for all ASU Library locations:

Aug 08, 2018 ·

It’s no secret that college is demanding of your time and energy – but with the right supports, the journey can be incredible and well worth the investment.

Here are 7 ways to get help from ASU Library:

1/ Check out materials. Information resources can be delivered right to your device or preferred library location. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we will find a way to get it (often within 24 hours) through Interlibrary Loan.

Also, did you know the library has more than just books and articles? You can check out games, movies, calculators and culture passes.

2/ Connect with a librarian. ASU Library has more than 30 liaison librarians who are all experts in their fields. They are available for in-person meetings and research consultations in addition to quick questions via email. Have a quick question? You can also connect via instant chat!

3/ Get help with your research. When it comes to research, ASU Library provides comprehensive support – everything from primary sources and citations to data management and copyright assistance.  

4/ Be creative. ASU Library is home to a suite of makerspaces and audio/video production studios, where access to high-tech tools and opportunities for creativity collide. Learn some new skills, make some new friends and take advantage of our free 3-D printing. 

5/ Find your space. Sometimes you just need some space. Across four ASU campus locations, ASU Library is home to a variety of outstanding spaces for quiet study, group study, collaboration, research, training and teaching, art installation, exhibits and even meditation/prayer.

6/ Think outside the box. Explore all the possibilities through two interdisciplinary research centers: the Map and Geospatial Hub and the Unit for Data Science and Analytics. Connect with a growing and diverse community of students, researchers, faculty and practitioners in the pursuit of innovative research and novel discovery methods.

7/ Explore the archives. ASU Library is home to several world-class collections, including the Greater Arizona Collection and the Child Drama Collection, the largest theatre for youth repository in the world. Access to collections can deepen learning, spur new thinking and bring your studies to life.

Don’t forget our hours and locations and your Sun Card for late-night library access.

And check out our ASU Digital Repository for full access to our online archives, including image downloads, documents and other historic materials.

Jul 31, 2018 ·

For the first time ever, thousands of high-quality archival materials – photographs, documents and correspondence – chronicling the early history of Grand Canyon National Park (1890-1940) have been made digitally available to the public through a partnership between ASU Library, Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library and Grand Canyon National Park.

Coined 100 Years of Grand, the project commemorates the upcoming centennial of the legislative creation of Grand Canyon National Park in February 1919 and aims to enhance public understanding of the park’s history by weaving together several decades of cultural, geospatial, entrepreneurial, documentary and administrative archival history.

“Materials made accessible through this project will be of benefit to visitors to the park who may want to enhance their experience and historical understanding of the Grand Canyon,” said Rob Spindler, university archivist for ASU and the project’s director. “Students, teachers and historians at all educational levels will be able to acquire and reuse these materials for class lectures, assignments and related writings and research. Arizona businesses that rely on Grand Canyon tourism will also be able to use these materials in the development of their advertisement and marketing efforts.”

The archival materials – photographs, documents, ephemera, maps, correspondence and original manuscripts – have been digitized, presented and delivered via three Arizona repositories.

“The public can gain access to the materials through various ways, but the easiest would be through,” Spindler said. “Many of the materials in the digital repositories have rarely been seen since they were created. These amazing artifacts tell a bigger story about Grand Canyon National Park.”

This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Jul 29, 2018 ·

Image of the lobby of the first floor of Armstrong Hall, showing the skylight and artwork.Looking for extra study space on the southeast side of the ASU Tempe campus? Look no further than the newly renovated Armstrong Hall.

Now home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean, administrators and staff, Armstrong Hall also boasts two levels of student study space staffed by ASU Library and is open after-hours until 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, during summer session.

Students will have access to an active learning classroom, group study rooms, event space and academic support from an ASU librarian. There is also an Einstein Bros. Bagels on the ground floor.

Although the building has been remodeled, students will encounter familiar furniture in Armstrong Hall that was relocated from Hayden Library’s upper concourse, now closed due to the Hayden renovation.

Familiar faces from both Hayden Library and Noble Library will also be present in the new space.

In addition to two staff members from each library, First Year Experience Librarian Ashley Gohr will have some office hours in the new space with an emphasis on academic support for first- and second-year ASU students. Daphne Gill, Learning Services Manager for Noble Library, will manage the space.

Jul 25, 2018 ·

Gain exposure to the work and culture of an innovative academic research library through the ASU Library Internship program, now accepting applications.

Open to all ASU students and non-students alike, the ASU Library Internship Program provides a unique platform for professional development, mentorship and peer-to-peer connection across a broad spectrum of library specializations.

ASU Library Interns take part in a structured, semester-long cohort experience along with their peers and their mentor in an effort to produce work that is goal-driven, need-based and tied to library values.

Current internship offerings for the Fall 2018 semester include:

  • Digital Collections Metadata Intern
  • Undergraduate Library Intern
  • Scholarly Communication Intern
  • Editorial Assistant Intern
  • Social Media Intern

Deadline to apply for Fall 2018 internships is August 30, 2018.

Fall 2018 internships will begin September 17 and run through November 30, 2018.

Learn more or apply:

Jul 16, 2018 ·

Are archivists the gatekeepers of official history?

This was the question posed by award-winning journalist Lauren Gilger at KJZZ Phoenix, who examined the significance of ASU Library’s ongoing efforts to engage historically underrepresented communities in documenting and preserving their own history.

“You might think of an archive and picture really old pieces of paper from official government business, but including marginalized communities could really expand what an archive is,” Gilger said. “Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans and the LGBT community are only represented in zero to 2 percent of known archival collections.”

The startling statistic is the driver of a three-year project by ASU Library designed to build and expand community-driven collections in an effort to preserve and improve Arizona’s archives.

For more information on community-driven archival collections, visit

Listen to the full KJZZ story on the need to diversify archives.

Jun 27, 2018 ·

For the month of July, the outdoor access elevator for Hayden Library will be out of service while undergoing a much-needed upgrade for the fall semester.

During this time, those with mobility issues may visit ASU Library’s other Tempe campus locations: Noble Library, the Design and the Arts Library, and the Music Library. 

Information about disability resources available at other libraries can be found here:

For additional assistance, please visit the Disability Resource Center for your campus. Information can be found at or by calling 480-965-1234.

For help with getting your books delivered to a location other than Hayden Library, call 480-965-3605.

May 10, 2018 ·

Last year, Arizona State University announced plans to relocate the Thunderbird School of Global Management to its Downtown Phoenix campus – further embedding Thunderbird and its iconic graduate programs into the ASU community.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Thunderbird to broaden its mission and have an even greater impact on students and the businesses and organizations with which the school partners,” said Allen Morrison, CEO and director general of Thunderbird, in a story published Dec. 12, 2017 in ASU Now.

Thunderbird’s move, now underway, is an exciting new chapter for ASU; however, it brings with it a bittersweet ending for ASU Library employees who worked out of the campus library: the International Business Information Centre, known fondly to its staff and patrons as “IBIC.”

On May 9, the IBIC Library closed its doors on the Thunderbird campus after 24 years of serving the campus community as a "favorite spot" to explore, work and come together. Staff and student workers from IBIC have since relocated to Fletcher Library on the West campus.

“As operations wind down at the IBIC, I feel so fortunate to have worked in a place I truly enjoyed coming to each day,” said Allison Leaming, ASU librarian, in the library’s Engagement and Learning Services department. “The IBIC was always welcoming – filled with clever, cheerful students and friends. When I think back on my time here, what really makes me stop and think ‘How lucky am I?’ are the amazing people that have surrounded me through the years. There have been so many changes, but one constant is the wonderful staff family that made the IBIC the best place to work, and a favorite spot for the Thunderbird community to gather, work and learn. I will cherish my IBIC memories and look forward to embracing new adventures.”

ASU Archivist Shannon Walker, who began working at IBIC in July of 2010, says she has many happy memories of her time there.

“From the very first time I entered the building, and every day since, I have been struck by the unique architecture, incredible natural light and amazing art collections,” said Walker. “It has been a pleasure working in this building for the past eight years. We have enjoyed many memories here, as library staff and in our interactions with Thunderbird students, staff, faculty, alumni and many honored guests. It will be sad to see the doors close, but we know it is just the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. We look forward to new opportunities on Thunderbird’s horizon!”

According to Christina Peck, Learning Services Manager for ASU Library, IBIC will have a small service point in the Arizona Center once Thunderbird has finished its relocation downtown this summer, in preparation for the Fall 2018 semester.

May 09, 2018 ·

New online processes for requesting materials through ASU Library’s One Search will become available May 14 on in an effort to expedite delivery of materials from outside libraries and give users more options in requesting them.

For items owned by ASU Library, the initial process for placing a request on an item will remain the same. However, when requesting materials that are not available at ASU Library, a new function will allow users to select from a set of preferences indicating how they would like to proceed.

This is a change from the previous One Search setting that automatically processed requests for materials from external libraries through Interlibrary Loan, a supplemental service that is used when the material needs of students, faculty and staff cannot be met with ASU Library resources.

Now, users will receive a notice providing options for how, where and when they would like to receive the desired materials not owned by ASU Library before requesting them — giving the user more control and enhancing the efficiency of library processes.

To learn more about requesting items through Interlibrary Loan, visit the ASU Library Guide.


May 07, 2018 ·

Image with POW written sound effectIn celebration of Free Comic Book Day (May 5) and Phoenix Comic Fest (May 24-27), the Downtown Phoenix campus Library pop culture display is showcasing ASU Library's diverse collection of graphic novels, books and movies. 

With select materials about or by artists who will be guests at this year's Phoenix Comic Fest, ASU librarian Angela Cole says the display has generated a lot of interest.

"One student asked if the comics were free to take," Cole said. "We gently clarified that they were free to 'check out' and then take and enjoy!"

In addition to raising awareness about the Phoenix Comic Fest, which will take place within close proximity to the downtown campus, the display offers a bit of summer fun, and was intended as a source of relief for students recently frazzled by a long week of final exams.

"We were hoping to spread a little joy during finals season and to show our students that we have so much more in our collection," Cole said. "We hope to make next year's even better!"



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