The Library Channel

Aug 19, 2015 · Events

Event:  Noble Library Grand Reopening
Date:  Wednesday, August 26
Time:  2-4pm
Location:  Noble Science and Engineering Library Lobby

Description:  Join us to celebrate that the Noble Science and Engineering Library’s doors are open again, after a long five months of restoration!  It’s still the same great space with lots of natural light, but is now even better. The library has new paint, carpet, LED lighting, plumbing and electrical and more! 

Listen to live music, enjoy refreshments, get a picture with Sparky, and enter a raffle to win fantastic prizes, including the opportunity to win a priority study space for a day.

Welcome back to campus and to your study home away from home! 

Aug 17, 2015 · Events

Event:  Game Night

Location:  Polytechnic campus Library
Time:  6-9pm

Description:  You're invited to attend Game Night at the Polytechnic campus Library! Stop by for fun games, cool prizes and free pizza. Enjoy multi-player board games, trivia, online games or bring your own favorite game to enjoy with friends. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Aug 17, 2015 · Events

Event:  Game Night
Location:  Fletcher Library, West campus
Time:  5pm-10pm

Description: Join us at Fletcher Library for a night of non-stop tabletop gaming Wednesday August 19th from 5-10PM. Visitors can check out a game from the library’s collection, or bring their own to play with others. From Jenga to Settlers of Catan, there's a game for everybody!  

This will start us off on our weekly Wednesday Game Night sessions, which will be held from 6:30-10:30pm for the remainder of the semester.


Questions?  Contact Ashley Gohr


Aug 12, 2015 · Students

Whether you’re on campus or online @ASULibraries want to see how you #KeepItCoolASU!  Post photos showing us how you start your semester  on Instagram, Twitter, or on our Facebook page using our #KeepItCoolASU on August 20th-24th.  You'll then be entered to win one of our prize packages full of ASU gear!

The Fine Print:  Only current ASU students eligible for prizes.

Aug 11, 2015 · Exhibits

Exhibit:  So this is College

Location: Music Library, Tempe campus

Available:   August – September, during normal library hours

Description:  Higher education has long been a source of inspiration for American novelists, artists, film makers, and composers & lyricists.  To welcome our new and returning students, this new Music Library exhibit offers a glimpse into college life as portrayed in American popular song and cover art from 1900 to 1924.  Featuring treasures found in the ASU Sheet Music Collection, the exhibit will remain in place until the end of September 2015.


Aug 06, 2015 · resources

Did you know?  The ASU Libraries provides all ASU students, faculty and staff a pass to - which gives full access to the extensive news, multimedia and archives of The New York Times without needing your own subscription.*

What you need to do:  All you have to do is activate your pass:

  • Follow this link to the Group Pass Activation Page.  
  • Log in with your ASURITe ID and password if prompted  
  • Click on REGISTER and create an account using your ASU email address
  • You’re done! After your Pass has been activated, you can enjoy access to from any network or location

Does this include access to NYTimes apps?   Included in the “Group Pass” is access to the NYTimes smartphone apps (iPhone, Android, Windows).  Unfortunately the tablet apps are not included; instead tablet users may access the web site using a browser.

Pro Tip: Remain logged into your account to have seamless access to and the mobile apps for the duration of your Pass. 

Expiration Dates:  Access via group pass expires after a year, but it can be renewed.   Visit to view your Pass eligibility and expiration timestamp at any time.  

Questions?  Please contact us via Ask a Librarian - we're happy to help!


Aug 03, 2015 · Featured resources, services

What is it:  Borrow It Now is a fast way to make an interlibrary loan request for items that aren't available at the ASU Libraries

When should you use it:  Use Borrow It Now when the book you need is checked out (instead of recalling - it's faster!) or if the book isn't available at all in the ASU Libraries catalog.  You can search for the title and immediately place the request.  

How fast is it?  Most Borrow It Now books arrive within a week.  We'll email you when the book arrives, but you can also check the status of your request in your ILLIAD account

How long is the loan period?  The average loan period for Borrow It Now books is 10 weeks.  Unfortunately, they can't be renewed.  But you can request another copy from another library, if one is available.

What kind of books can I request?  Almost any kind of book may be available via Borrow It Now (even novels for fun reading), but unfortunately it doesn’t work very well for textbooks for a class.  Your book will likely be due before the class is over, and you’ll need it to study for finals!  We recommend purchasing or renting your textbooks, or ask your instructor to put your textbook on course reserve in the library.

Interested?  Get started searching Borrow It Now ... now!  

More information:  check out the Borrow It Now Library Guide or call us at 480-965-3605.  We're happy to help!


Jul 28, 2015 · services

We are happy to announce an update to one of our most beloved libraries:  Starting August 1, 2015, there will be a "new" library showing up on our web sites, online systems and other materials:  Design Library.  The Design Library is the new name for the library formerly known as ArchitectureAED, and/or the Architecture and Environmental Design Library.  The Design Library is housed in the Design North building, and its collection supports and reflects the programs of The Design School.  

With this name change, “Design Library” will appear on the ASU Libraries web site and other online resources instead of Architecture or AED Library.  The locations of items in the library catalog will also show as Design Stacks and Design Journals.  

If you have any questions about the Design Library, please don't hesitate to contact us.  We're happy to help you!

​Remember, this is the same great place, just with a new name.  

Jul 02, 2015 · special collections

Independence Day is almost here! We're looking forward to celebrating with a 3-day weekend. For many of us, our plans include grilling up some burgers or dogs, getting in the pool (and with a high of 109 tomorrow in the Phoenix area, the pool is a must!), and watching some fireworks. However, one of my favorite traditions is listening to some patriotic music!

Columbia, My Country sheet music cover

We have some great old tunes in our Sheet Music Collection. One that you probably won't hear tomorrow is Columbia, My Country. This song was published in 1892 and was written and composed for voice and piano by George M. Vickers. We don't hear many songs about Columbia these days, but in the 19th and early 20th century, Columbia was a poetic name for the United States of America and the name of its female personification. Columbia was displaced by Lady Liberty around 1920. This cover has Columbia sounding a trumpet while also having an arm draped over a bottle of Emerson's Bromo Seltzer, who sponsored the publication of this song series.

Stars and Stripes Forever sheet music coverIndependence Day just wouldn't be complete without hearing John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever. This version for voice and piano is from 1898. Did you know there were lyrics to that song? Here's the chorus:

Hurrah for the flag of the free, May it wave as our standard forever, The gem of the land and the sea, The Banner of the Right. Let despots remember the day, When our fathers with mighty endeavor, Proclaim'd as they march'd to the fray, That by their might, and by their right, it waves forever!

Now you can sing along when you hear it played by a marching band at a 4th of July parade! Just in case you can't get your patriotic music fix tomorrow, here's a recording of University Symphony Orchestra with the ASU Choral Union concert entitled "A tribute to America" from 2008. The concert closes with a bang with a rousing performance of Stars and Stripes Forever. Happy Independence Day!

- Anali Perry, Scholary Communications Librarian

May 26, 2015 · Podcasts Events

Dr. Brenda Child, associate professor of American Studies and American Indian Studies at University of Minnesota, winner of the 7th Labriola Center National Book Award for her 2014 book My Grandfather's Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation traveled to the Labriola Center on May 4, 2015 to receive her award and discuss her new book. Dr. David Martinez, professor of American Indian Studies at ASU, interviewed Dr. Brenda Child about the issues of labor, gender, and her own family’s stories from the Red Lake Reservation.  Dr. Child also discussed her research methodology and the helpful resources she found in the Red Lake Archive.


Click the bar for interactive transcript

About the book:

"Child uses her grandparents' story as a gateway into discussion of various kinds of labor and survival in Great Lakes Ojibwe communities, from traditional ricing to opportunistic bootlegging, from healing dances to sustainable fishing. The result is a portrait of daily work and family life on reservations in the first half of the twentieth century"-- Provided by publisher.

Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation is published by Minnesota Historical Society Press. 
ISBN 9780873519243