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Mar 23, 2020 ·

During the current crisis, Arizona State University is doing everything it can to guarantee access to high quality digital tools and resources for education to ensure that learning continues on a grand scale.

Whether you’re looking for teaching or training materials, or just a good read, the ASU Library has you covered.

The library has curated a collection of digital learning resources as part of ASU For You, a collection of online educational content, at low or no cost to the user and for all learners.

Stay on track with these free open educational resources curated by the ASU Library.


Mar 20, 2020 ·

Photo of Hayden Library by Jarod Opperman
Dear students,

By now you are fully immersed in figuring out how to be a college student under these truly historic circumstances – and you should know we’ve got resources to help. 

While the challenges we face are unprecedented, ASU’s ambitions for you remain unchanged: to see you leave us prepared to achieve your greatest dreams and make a real difference for your communities.

We understand that in this moment you will need every bit of help we can offer, and so we feel this is an excellent time to remind you of some of the extraordinary online resources you have access to through the ASU Library:

  • One Search
    A Google-like search engine in which you can readily limit your search to online-only resources provided by ASU and one of many advanced tools the library offers, including over 650 research databases and a custom link to Google Scholar connecting you with full-text sources that are available at the library.
  • Library Guides
    Wherever your curiosity leads you, the library has a guide – 487 of them, to be exact. When writing a paper or beginning your research, these guides can point you to the best databases to use on any topic and show you exactly how to cite your sources.
  • Ask a Librarian
    During the current crisis, Ask a Librarian has extended its hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you get lost or confused, or just don’t know where to start, our online chat service can connect you 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 that Google will never tell you about.
  • Free digital news subscriptions & streaming services
    Have you activated your free news subscriptions to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal? As an ASU student, you also have free access to thousands of films and documentaries through the streaming services Kanopy and Films on Demand.
  • E-books
    Ebook Central is currently offering unlimited access to thousands of e-books to ASU users. Also, be sure to browse our E-Book Collections.

If you have not yet explored the vast digital landscape of the ASU Library, now is your opportunity to make yourself a power user of this powerful system. While our physical materials are out of reach at this challenging time, the library is still here for you – and we want you to succeed.

With best wishes,

Mark Searle                                                                                    Jim O’Donnell
Executive Vice President and University Provost                    University Librarian

Mar 19, 2020 ·

During the current crisis, the ASU Library's online chat service Ask a Librarian has extended its hours: Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For any questions related to the library, research, library collections and other archival materials, Ask A Librarian is a click, text, email or call away. Also check the Ask a Librarian FAQs.

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.

Learn more about the library's COVID-19 response

Mar 17, 2020 ·

Libraries are open on all ASU campuses with adjusted hours of operation and limited access.

When on campus, please bring your SunCard. At this time, all ASU libraries are accessible only to currently enrolled students and university employees.

Learn more about the library's COVID-19 response

On the ASU Tempe campus, the Design and Arts Library and the Music Library are closed until further notice. Noble Library will close at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 18, and will remain closed. 

Please note that there are no overnight hours for any library at this time. 

The ASU Library is committed to supporting students and faculty during this period of online-only instruction. We urge you to learn more about library resources that are accessible anywhere.

Please continue to check back for more updates as they become available.  


Feb 21, 2020 ·

Tuesday, February 25
5-8 p.m. 
Labriola National American Indian Data Center

All are welcome at the Labriola National American Indian Data Center’s Open House / Open Mic event at Fletcher Library on the West campus.

In collaboration with the student group IndiGenius, the event will be an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to visit the space and learn more about the Labriola Center, how it has grown and where it plans to go.

With the goal of transforming the Labriola Center at Fletcher into an event space for the Native community, the center has transformed into a collaborative, student-driven space for Native students and community users on the West campus with the addition of new furniture, designed for both individual and collaborative study, and portable whiteboards.

The event aims to showcase new Labriola services and library resources for academic success, such as the soon-to-come Labriola Center Open Stacks collection. Students are encouraged to share their creative expressions during the open mic and to display their visual art during the event.

Food will be provided at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Feb 19, 2020 ·

With mid-terms on the horizon, here is where you can find all the quiet spaces you need to get your work done.

Quiet study areas are available at every library on every ASU campus.

Whether it’s a silent study room or classroom that is not being used, student have access to a variety of spaces depending on their campus location and project needs.

Design and the Arts Library on the Tempe campus
This library on the Tempe campus boasts one of the largest silent study rooms with tables and comfortable chairs in addition to individual study carrels.

Downtown Phoenix campus Library
Quiet study can be yours in The Vault, an area with soft seating and dimmer lighting. Directly behind The Vault is a space that comes with individual study carrels and is detached from high-traffic areas. While not located in a designated quiet area, study rooms offer some privacy and can be reserved ahead of time.  

Fletcher Library on the West campus
Quiet refuge can be found in in the western wing of the Fletcher Library’s third floor, where there are numerous desks with dividers, pub tables and comfortable chairs with privacy scrims. On the lower level of Fletcher Library, silent study is encouraged and an array of comfortable seating is provided.

Hayden Library on the Tempe campus
Take in the atmosphere of quiet and cozy, available on nearly every level of Hayden Library. Starting at the top, level 4 of Hayden Library offers Brody chairs that come equipped with light and power, not to mention the privacy and elegance of a business class airline seat. This floor offers individual study carrels and comfortable seating with power outlets. If you prefer to be surrounded by books, this is the place for you. There are even little study nooks within featured collection walls.

On level 3 of Hayden Library, the instruction room 317 can be used for study space when it is not in use. On level 2, the west wall with floor-to-ceiling glass windows has comfortable seating and is often quiet. Study carrels and study nooks are available throughout, and when not in use, instructions rooms 232 and 236 can be used as study space. The Luhrs Reading Room on the ground floor of Hayden Library also provides an atmosphere of quiet.

Any of the classrooms on the Concourse and lower level of Hayden Library can be used for study space when not in use, and the open study area to the west of the underground courtyard (C55) is often very quiet.

Music Library on the Tempe campus
Often quiet, this Tempe campus gem provides near-silent study on the west side of the library, where students can find study carrels, tables and comfortable seating.

Noble Library on the Tempe campus
With 55 individual study rooms on the second and third floor (all available on a first come, first serve basis), Noble Library is a haven for those seeking a quiet study environment. The individual rooms each provide a chair, desk, outlet and quiet privacy. One area on the second floor of Noble Library, near the Writing Center, has been designated Silent Study and offers tables, desks, comfortable chairs and computer workstations.

Polytechnic campus Library
Silent study spaces are located in the southeast and southwest corners of the Polytechnic Library, and both areas have study carrels and outlets. See the floor plan for more information.

What are you waiting for? Go study! Questions? Contact Christina Peck

Feb 10, 2020 ·

February 27-28, 2020
Hayden Library
ASU Tempe campus

Arizona State University will host a two-day symposium, Archiving from the Intersections and Community-Driven Archives, on the importance of student activism and the need to document historically marginalized voices, part of the fourth national forum of Project STAND (Student Activism Now Documented).

With a focus on marginalized student identities (African American, LGBTQ, Chicano/a, differently abled, Asian Americans, Indigenous populations, etc.), the symposium seeks to center underrepresented communities and their varying intersections, and the need for community-driven archives.

The symposium invites ASU students, faculty and community members committed to activism and social justice for two days of panel discussions, performances, a Latinx history walking tour, and other activities in Hayden Library.

Please register by February 22.

The ASU Library and its Community-Driven Archives team are pleased to welcome keynote speaker, Reyna Montoya, the founder and CEO Of Aliento, a community organization that is DACA, undocumented and youth-led, and Documenting the Now, a tool and community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use and preservation of social media content. 

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Project STAND symposium will feature a variety of performances (hip-hop, opera and dance) and panel discussions, including:

Emerging Voices of Student Activism in Indigenous Communities
Hear first-hand from student activists in the ASU indigenous community. Traditionally, student voices in the indigenous community have not been well represented in archival collections. How can we build relationships, increase trust and understanding, and perhaps empower indigenous students to capture their own histories? 

Archives as Activist Praxis in Arizona
Preserving diverse voices in community and institutional archives is a form of resistance against sytemic oppression. This panel will focus on past and current student activism at ASU and in Arizona, and how students at diverse levels of the educational pipeline are using archives to create and preserve counter-narratives.

Representation and Overcoming Silences in University Archives
How can institutions better represent marginalized communities in University Archives collections? Given the mandate and mission of University Archives (to capture the history of an institution), how can professionals support students as the creators and custodians of their own histories? 

The Future of Community-Driven Archives in Arizona
Archivists and community archivists in Arizona are working to address issues of underrepresentation and exclusion in Arizona's historical records. This panel will address the work being done to develop community-driven archives around the state and the future of archival practice in Arizona. 

See the complete schedule

Register here.

Feb 04, 2020 ·

Beginning March 15, ASU faculty and students who use learning badges and certificates through the ASU Library’s skill-based digital learning credential service will no longer be directed to the Credly tool.

Due to low supportability issues with Credly, the ASU Library is transitioning to Badgr as its primary service for awarding digital credentials. Part of a university pilot offering, Badgr is a new tool with improved functionality and is integrated into Canvas with single sign-on accessibility. 

The ASU Library will continue to support Credly through March 15, but faculty are encouraged to begin directing their students to Badgr for an improved experience.

For more information about the ASU Library’s digital credential offerings and instructions for integrating them into courses, visit the ASU Library Digital Credentials LibGuide.

For questions about Badgr, visit ASU’s Badgr Faculty Help Resources.

ASU Library’s digital credentialing program serves to bolster and demonstrate proficiency in essential university library skills, and is effective in helping students master the skills needed to avoid plagiarism, locate resources and develop a research question.  

Jan 23, 2020 ·

Looking to give your research a boost?

All ASU faculty are invited to an interactive open house on the third floor of the newly renovated Hayden Library to learn more about and get connected with the ASU Library’s researcher support resources.

Researcher Support is part of the library's full suite of services aimed at supporting researchers across all phases of the research life cycle – everything from grant funding to data management and data storage. 

The open house slated for Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m., is an opportunity to: 

  • Join other researchers in learning about new and expanding resources to support research projects.
  • Meet with a diverse group of experts who can help you identify research and funding opportunities.
  • Experience hands-on demonstrations and information sessions. 
  • Learn more about the ASU Library and Knowledge Enterprise Development partnership.

Refreshments will be provided and registration is required.

Following a $90 million renovation, Hayden Library has been reinvented for 21st-century learning and research environments.

Learn more about Hayden’s reinvention.

Jan 15, 2020 ·

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."

Naturemaker will host an open house on Jan. 22.

NatureMaker will launch its Nature@Noon series and host a lecture by guests of the 
Rhode Island School of Design’s Nature Lab on Jan. 23.


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."