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What to expect at the library this fall

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Arizona State University resumed on-campus, in-person classes on August 20, 2020. While campus life looks and feels different this semester, at least one thing remains the same: the ASU Library is committed to supporting the health and success of the ASU community.

As Sun Devils return to campus, these are some of the changes they can expect to see at the library – everything from adjusted hours to a variety of public health measures.  

All libraries are open bring your Sun Card.

During the fall 2020 semester at ASU, physical access to university libraries is limited to students, faculty and staff. A Sun Card is required to enter the buildings. Non-ASU visitors are welcome by appointment only

Before you come to the library, remember to check the hours. 

There will be no overnight hours in the library for the fall semester. Due to the university’s COVID-19 restrictions, operational hours will be limited. Be sure to check library hours before you visit. 

Study rooms are open with lower maximum capacity.

To ensure physical distancing, library study rooms have a lower maximum capacity. Most study rooms have a maximum set capacity of just two people, while some study rooms allow for three people. (There is clear signage posted outside of each study room indicating the maximum capacity.)

Mask up and no food, please.

A face covering is required inside all libraries at all times (even in study rooms, as these spaces are shared by many). Because face coverings are required in library spaces, please eat snacks and meals outdoors. Beverages are permitted, so long as you remove your mask only while drinking.

Are there laptops and hotspots available?

Laptops and hotspots are available for checkout. Due to high demand, there may be a delay in receiving the requested device. Students in need of computing technology and who reside on campus or near campus are invited to use computers in the libraries and/or the campus computing sites while they wait for their requested device to be delivered.

Why is everything spaced out?

Some library computers have been removed and furniture has been reconfigured to allow for physical distancing. Please try to keep a distance of 6 feet from others when you are in the library (about the length of Sparky’s pitchfork).

Keep it clean.

There will be frequent cleaning inside all libraries on a daily basis, and the ASU Library will make available sanitizing supplies. 

Need support? Librarians are standing by.

The ASU Library can help you with whatever you need. While you can connect with library support via a variety of platforms, this is generally a good place to start: Ask A Librarian.

Make a reservation  

The ASU Library is home to some cool research and collab spaces, including the Labriola National American Indian Data Center and the Map and Geospatial Hub. While all library research and archive units remain open, this fall you will need to make a reservation for some of them:


Visit Ask A Librarian to get all your library questions answered.