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New book display looks at what we collect

A new book display coming to Hayden Library in January 2019 will explore the unique and bizarre objects that people collect – everything from Mickey Mouse memorabilia to Star Wars action figures.

The latest from The Future of Print initiative, “Collecting Collections” will be on display through February with the goal of highlighting the interests and hobbies that fuel the act of collecting and examining the collecting practices of museums and libraries.

Visitors of the bookstore-style display are invited to discover and develop their own critical perspectives on practices of collecting, as they gain a deeper understanding of library collections.  

“Collecting Collections” is part of a series of experimental projects exploring new ways to encourage engagement with ASU Library print collections.

Read more: ASU Library writing the next chapter in the ‘Future of Print’

The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection: A Collaborative and Data-Driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation project is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information, visit