The Library Channel

Sep 17, 2018 · Exhibits

A new book display of poetry and drama at Fletcher Library is encouraging the ASU community to take a chance on a book.

Immune from judgment, all books in this display are shelved spine-backward in an effort to encourage discovery and serendipity. Featured poets include Joy Harjo and Juan Felipe Herrera.

“Surprise Me” is the first book display in a new series of collection experiments, part of the Future of Print initiative at ASU, which looks at new and innovative ways to present print materials to library visitors.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to "explore the unknown" during normal library hours at Fletcher. "Surprise Me" will be located on the ground floor of the library through October 15.


Sep 13, 2018 ·

The popularity of data science has grown steadily over the last decade with the advent of big data and the much-buzzed-about analyses of Nate Silver. 

In 2012, the Harvard Business Review coined data science “the sexiest job of the 21st century.” This year, USA Today named it one of the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs in the U.S.

Leaders in the technology industry, from commerce to computing, are intently focused on getting as much knowledge from data as possible.

Now, the wrangling of data to uncover solutions, make predictions, formulate deeper questions and identify opportunities has found a home at the university library.

Michael Simeone, director of Data Science and Analytics at ASU Library, sees Arizona State University as an ideal ecosystem for the applications of data science and the library as a critical resource to support it.

The key, he says, is collaboration.

“Data science isn’t done in isolation. It’s inherently collective and interdisciplinary, which is why ASU is the perfect place for it,” said Simeone, an assistant research professor affiliated with the Biosocial Complexity Initiative, the Department of English, the Institute for Social Science Research, and the School of Sustainability. “My focus at the library is connecting researchers with information and with each other.”

Along with fellow data scientist David Little, Simeone aims to spread that message Sept. 17–21 as part of Data Science Week, a series of open-house events for students and faculty to gauge interest and raise awareness about the new library lab and the research and partnership opportunities it can foster.

Read the full story at ASU Now.

Sep 11, 2018 ·

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.


Sep 06, 2018 ·

Beginning Sept. 10, Fletcher Library on the West campus and the Polytechnic Library on the Polytechnic campus will stay open until midnight.

The new midnight hours are part of ASU Library's commitment to support student success. 

Fletcher Library hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight)
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Polytechnic Library hours are as follows:

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight)

 For more detailed information on library hours, visit

Sep 05, 2018 ·

ASU Library is launching the Unit for Data Science and Analytics on September 17 to connect and support researchers from across the university – and we want to hear from you! (Take the survey.)

Tell us what kind of opportunities you’re interested in – learning, research, collaboration – and we’ll be in touch with ongoing and available projects that engage machine learning, data visualization, text and data mining, network analysis and more.

And don’t forget – September 17-21 is Data Science Week at ASU!

Data Science Week is a chance to learn more about data science and the opportunities for research and collaboration it can foster.

Questions? Contact Michael Simeone, Director of Data Science and Analytics at ASU Library.

Aug 27, 2018 ·

In 2012, Sen. John McCain donated his papers to Arizona State University. The archive, known simply as the McCain Collection, is expected to grow dramatically over the next few months.

More than 800 boxes of his materials — records, photographs, correspondence — await shipment from his offices in Maryland and Washington, D.C., to ASU Library, where they will be accessible to scholars, historians and the public for generations to come. 

Beginning with his election to the U.S. House of Representatives and first term in 1983, these historic materials offer a glimpse into the senator’s 35-year career in American politics, including his 2008 presidential campaign. 

ASU archivist Renee James, the curator of the Greater Arizona Collection, explains the significance and scope of the collection in an ASU Now story published August 26.

Aug 20, 2018 ·

student using computerDue to the renovation, all computers on the concourse (main) level of Hayden Library are temporarily unavailable.

Computers on the lower level of Hayden, downstairs in rooms L50, L60 and L62, are available to ASU students when classes are not in session.

Additional access to computers on the Tempe campus can be found at Noble Library, Computing Commons, Coor Hall computer lab and the Goldwater Center.

We apologize for this inconvenience. 

Aug 14, 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.

Check the hours for all ASU Library locations:

Aug 08, 2018 ·

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 locations and your Sun Card for late-night library access.

And check out our ASU Digital Repository for full access to our online archives, including image downloads, documents and other historic materials.

Aug 01, 2018 ·

Image of the lobby of the first floor of Armstrong Hall, showing the skylight and artwork.Looking for extra study space on the ASU Tempe campus? Look no further than the newly renovated Armstrong Hall.

Now home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean, administrators and staff, Armstrong Hall also boasts two levels of student study space staffed by ASU Library, and is open after-hours until 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. 

Students have access to an active learning classroom, group study rooms, event space and academic support from an ASU librarian. There is also an Einstein Bros. Bagels on the ground floor.

Although the building has been remodeled, students will encounter familiar furniture in Armstrong Hall that was relocated from Hayden Library’s upper concourse, now closed due to the Hayden renovation.

The space in Armstrong has seating for 400 students.

In addition to two staff members, First Year Experience Librarian Ashley Gohr has regular office hours in the new space with an emphasis on academic support for first- and second-year ASU students. Ashley can be found in room 102T on the ground floor of Armstrong Hall, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.