The ASU Library is open for remote services only during summer sessions A, B and C.
For questions related to the library, research, library collections and other archival materials, Ask a Librarian is a click, text, email or call away.
Ask a Librarian connects the ASU community with library professionals who are standing by to assist you with any research question and who’ve abundant strategies on how to find high quality resources. The online chat service has extended its hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A new library resource has landed at The Biomimicry Center at ASU with the goal of supporting and inspiring sustainable thinking and biomimetic design through the use of field kits, natural artifacts and a space wholly devoted to nature.
NatureMaker, which launches January 22, aims to provide resources for the ASU community to use for their own nature studies as a way of arriving at sustainable solutions.
Both a space and a resource, NatureMaker features an altogether new library collection that is organized by function and includes such things as shells, seeds, skulls, feathers, a turkey beard, butterflies and a whale vertebrae.
"NatureMaker is a way of re-imagining what you can do in a library," said Debra Riley-Huff, Head of the Humanities Division in the ASU Library. "It's a space where you can see what innovation looks like up close."
Nowhere is innovation more apparent than in the natural world.
"Nature solves its own problems. We can learn from this," says Adelheid ("Heidi") Fischer, Assistant Director of The Biomimicry Center. "This space is intended to get you thinking in a new way. Nature is really a mindset."
Biomimicry is the study and use of nature's patterns and designs to create sustainable solutions that are nature-inspired and thus healthy for the planet. The Biomimicry Center at ASU was created in 2014 to do this very thing. Last year, the center received $40,000 in seed funding from the ASU Library to develop NatureMaker, which will offer workshops, training and space for people to come and see how nature can help them solve their challenge.
Activated for careful looking and observing, NatureMaker is a space in which blue mussels can help you re-think the process of adhesion. Students are invited to view materials under magnification, explore the natural collection, or just sit and reflect on what they're seeing and touching.
"We wanted to provide the conditions that are conducive to innovation," says Fischer. "NatureMaker is a space that can give you a leg up on your research or open you up to the possibilities."
Your paper is due at midnight. Your roommate just got dumped and needs to talk it out. And the status of your group project is a mystery to all.
Don’t worry. You’ve got this.
Here are 5 reasons why:
ASU librarians. Helping you succeed is not just a thing they’re good at – it’s in their job description. Let them help you. They want to help you. It’s why they’re here.
Online help. Your questions about citations, keywords and research databases already have answers, and you can find them on our FAQs page, where librarians are also available for online chat. Relax – if you have a connection to the internet, there is hope.
Group study rooms. Maybe it’s time to figure out what’s going on with your group project. Several types of group study spaces are available at our libraries to support those necessary conversations and collaborations. Gather your group and get it done.
Quiet and silent study. No signs of your roommate quieting down any time soon. Have no fear – ASU Library quiet and silent study is a thing, and it’s here for you. It’s a magical place where devices go silent and your thoughts thank you.
Counseling. Not a library service, but a great resource nonetheless, offered to ASU students who may be feeling like they need to talk to someone. You’re not alone. Also, you may want to suggest it to your roommate.
Come speak out on behalf of the books, ideas and works of art that have been banned, censored or challenged throughout human history.
In recognition of Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of books and our right to read them, ASU Library is hosting a Read Out, a public reading of books, newspapers, plays and other texts that have been banned, challenged or restricted in some way, or that speak to the issue of freedom of speech.
The Read Out will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, on the north side of the Memorial Union on the Tempe campus.
The theme for this year’s Banned Books Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), is “Speak Out.”
Events related to Banned Books Week are set to take place at all ASU libraries on all campuses during Banned Books Week, which is September 23-30, 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.
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 locationsand your Sun Card for late-night library access.
And check out our ASU Digital Repositoryfor full access to our online archives, including image downloads, documents and other historic materials.
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 lib.asu.edu/Grand100,” 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.
The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-two Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.