Dear students

Published March 19, 2020
Updated Oct. 18, 2021

ASU student walking into Hayden Library
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