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Resources for the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute's student programs.

The ASU Library ...

Serving one university in many places.  

The ASU library system has 7 buildings spread across the four campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area:

Tempe campus:

Downtown Phoenix campus Library
Polytechnic campus Library
West campus (Fletcher) Library


But our biggest library of all is our virtual library at


We have over 4.5 million print and electronic items including:


  • 690 databases
  • 86,524 online journals
  • 447,890 online books
  • 124,631 streaming videos & DVDs

And wait -- there's more!  See the ASU Library's 2014 Fact Sheet

Welcome to the ASU Library ...

Our libraries are cool places.   

Which is a good thing because it gets a little warm here in Tempe during the summer.  
So fill up your water bottle and come hang out with us.

The Grand Staircase to the Below-Grade Entrance of Hayden Library


  • Our most important service is our staff, so don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian!
    • An Information Desk is available in each library near the entrance/exit.  This is where you can check out books, ask for directions (to units within the libraries or elsewhere on campus), and get basic assistance with finding scholarly material on a topic. 

    • Each Information Desk may also be reached by phone during business hours OR you can call our main number at 480-965-3605

    • We have an Email service that answers questions from Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Submit your question anytime, day or night, and we'll get back to you within 24 hours. 

    • Chat with a Librarian anytime, day or night when you need assistance with finding books, journal articles or other types of library material.   ASU is one of several hundred academic libraries in the OCLC QuestionPoint Consortium.  One ASU librarian is on the system each hour, Monday through Friday,  from 9am to 5pm; when the ASU librarians are busy, or during nights and weekends, a librarian from the consortium will assist you.  Note: the librarians on this system cannot answer questions about your library account such as due dates, fines, renewals, etc.; please call 480-965-3605 during business hours for assistance with these matters. 

  •  Computers and WiFi  Access
    • PC computing workstations are provided in the ASU Library and on the Tempe campus both PCs and MACs are available in the computing sites in Computing Commons (atrium) and the Coor Building (Room 150).  Details about the Computing Sites across the campuses is also available.  Your computing id/password is your ASUrite ID/password.   

    • WiFi access is provided throughout the ASU campuses both inside and outside of buildings and also on the intercampus shuttles. There are three networks "ASU guest", "ASU" and "ASU encrypted".     For assistance with setting up encrypted WiFi, use your device to go to    

    • Sorry, but no unit/department at ASU loans out laptops or tablets.   

  • Printing, Photocopying and Scanning
    There is a charge for printing, photocoping, and scanning and the copy machines do not take cash or coins.  Because you won't have an ASU ID card to use for this purpose, ask at the Information Desk in any of the ASU Library for a "guest card for printing"; there is no charge to get the card itself.  You'll have two options for putting funds on the card.

    • Option #1: Online
      • Go to
      • Log-in with ASURITE user name & password
      • There is a minimum online deposit of $12.00, using a debit or credit card.

    • Option #2: In-person 
      • Go to the Memorial Union’s lower level and visit the Print U copy center that is run by Canon
      • Hours are 8am-4pm Monday-Friday.
      • If you pay with cash, you can put as little as you want on the card
      • If you pay with a debit or credit card, the minimum is $5.00 

  • We've Got Lotsa Stuff at the Information Desk

    • Available for checkout: 
      • Scientific calculators
      • USB drives
      • Headphones
      • Markers and erasers for the whiteboards in the library 
      • Powerstrips so you can juice up all your devices (but you do have to bring your own charger)
      • Board games, card games, jigsaw puzzles (there's usually at least one out on a table in the atrium area)
      • Bike lock

    • Available for free: 
      • Earplugs
      • Plastic (grocery) bags to protect your books during a monsoon storm


  • Hours
    Detailed listed of library hours is available at

  • Study Areas

    The Hayden (Humanities, Business and Social Sciences) and Noble (Science and Engineering) Libraries on the Tempe campus are divided into zones to accomodate different types of study: 
    Green Traffic Light Common Study Zones, found on the entrance levels of the libraries and nearby service desks, are areas where noise is to be expected and groups are encouraged.  Please use these areas to convene, collaborate and talk on your cell phone.   Most of the furniture in these areas are on wheels - feel free to move the furniture into whatever configuration suits your need. 
    Amber Traffic Light Quiet Study Zones, found throughout the libraries on levels with book and journal stacks are all naturally quiet environments.  In these areas quiet conversation is allowed, but please silence your cell phones.
    Red Traffic Light   Silent Study Zones, found throughout the libraries, are areas where no talking is permitted.  In Hayden Library, silent study zones are on Level 2 and in enclosed rooms on Level 3 and the Lower Level; in Noble Library it is the enclosed room on the second floor.   Noble Library also has individual silent study rooms that can be "checked out" for 4 hours or a whole day.   Please turn off all cell phones in these areas.
    For Noble: More details and floor maps 
    For Hayden: More details and floor maps  

  • Food and Drink ARE allowed in the libraries
    See our policy for more details about specific libraries and collections. 


Hours and Locations