Beginning this month, Sun Devils living outside of Maricopa County and on Native reservation lands can now request the shipment of library materials to their home residence free of charge.
The ASU Library's improved home delivery service now reaches areas that were previously excluded: zip codes in Maricopa County identified as tribal communities, all Phoenix areas outside of Maricopa County, and P.O. box and rural route addresses across the continental United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
As part of the service, the ASU Library will cover the cost of shipping and the return cost. (See details.)
“Due to the lack of internet connectivity on most Native reservations, the home delivery of circulating library materials is vital during the pandemic,” said University Librarian Jim O’Donnell, who worked with a team of ASU librarians, including Jeston Morris, Alex Soto and Lorrie McAllister, in developing solutions for the hurdles that many Native communities face in accessing library resources.
The permanent changes to the home delivery policy are among a number of service updates the ASU Library has implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, including extended hours for students seeking virtual librarian support and a collection of learning tools that have been made publicly accessible as part of ASU For You.