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Library Updates & Support During COVID-19 Response

ASU Library support resources during online-only instruction at ASU.

ASU Library is now ending the phase of remote services only and is reopening libraries and restoring as many services as possible in preparation for the fall 2020 semester. We encourage you to check back regularly, as updates will be made as changes are implemented.

Last update: August 14, 2020

Libraries Reopen to ASU Community

All ASU Library locations are now open to the ASU community.  In coordination with the university's COVID-19 precautions, a Sun Card will be required to enter all libraries, as access will be limited to ASU students, faculty and staff. Non-ASU visitors are welcome by appointment only.

Those in the ASU community are encouraged to check library hours before making their visit, as ASU Library operational hours will differ from previous academic years.

In addition to the university’s face covering requirement, the ASU Library has put into place a number of safety precautions around the use of shared space. (Read: What to expect when visiting the library this fall)

Questions? Visit Ask A Librarian to get all your library questions answered.

Borrowing and Requesting ASU Library Materials

Many items from the ASU Library collections are again available to be requested and picked up in person at campus library locations. 

  • Requesting books:  Books that are eligible to be checked out will have a link to "Request ASU Copy".  Note:  Home delivery is available only for those residing outside of the Phoenix Metropolitan area.  
  • Picking up books:  You will receive an email when your requested items are available for pickup.  
  • Returning books:  All due dates for library items have been extended and any accrued fines will be waived during this period.  
  • Books may be returned in person either to physical library locations, or using the exterior book returns that exist at Hayden Library, Noble Library, Downtown Phoenix campus Library and Fletcher Library on the West campus.
  • If you will not be returning to campus, you may Ship back to the library.  We recommend using FedEx Ground service, which provides $100 default insurance.  Please keep the tracking information in case there are questions about the returns.  Shipping address:

Noble Library
601 E. Tyler Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006 


Interlibrary Loan

New Requests:

Library users might experience some delays to our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and scanning services due to lower-than-normal participation of the library-loaning consortium. We apologize for this inconvenience. If the materials you have requested are not currently accessible, we will try to seek alternative solutions and resources, and appreciate your patience in this process. For direct assistance, please email or call 480-965-3282.

  • Articles and Book Chapters: We will do our best to try to fill these requests, but some requests may be delayed or unable to be filled.
  • Books and other physical materials: You may request books via your Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) account and we will attempt to fill it with an e-book through one of our partner libraries. However, this is often not possible due to our partner libraries' licensing agreements. 

  • Options if we aren't able to get you what you need:

    • Contact Ask a Librarian for assistance in locating similar items that are available electronically through the ASU Library online collections.

    • Submit an individual book chapter request, as some libraries may still be able to provide scans from physical items. (Please note: Fair Use copyright guidelines still apply.)


Existing Loans

  • Due Dates Extended:  All ILL items currently checked out with due dates falling between March 13 and August 30 have been updated to now be due August 31, 2020.
  • Returning Interlibrary Loan materials:  If you would like to return your Interlibrary Loan materials, you may at this time be able to return these items to the exterior book returns at Hayden Library or Noble Library (Tempe campus), Downtown Phoenix campus Library (on the south side of UCENT on Polk Street), Fletcher Library (West campus) or the Polytechnic campus Library.  This is outside of the libraries' normal processes that require items lent through the Interlibrary Loan process due to the limited access caused by Covid-19 protocols.

    If you do return your item(s) to the exterior book returns, please make sure the book strap which contains the information needed to credit the return is in place.  If the item is fragile or could be damaged by other materials dropping on it, please wrap the material in bubble wrap or place in a large envelope to protect it.

  • If you have any questions about your Interlibrary Loan materials, please email and one of our staff will be in touch with you.


Student Laptop / Hotspot Lending Program

Current ASU students without a computer and/or internet connection are eligible to check out a laptop and/or wifi hotspot.  See Laptops and Hotspot Check Out for more information.  If you are faculty or staff and need technology to work remotely, please contact your department, unit or college to request technology support.

Research Assistance and Library Instruction

Research Assistance

  • ASU librarians are available to help with your research needs through our Ask a Librarian service. Connect with Ask a Librarian to find the right library expert for your class or assignment. Hours for this online service have been extended during this time.
  • ASU expert curators and archivists are available via Ask an Archivist to provide assistance with rare, distinctive and/or archival collections.  
  • Research, course specific, topic and how to library guides are developed by ASU Librarians to provide suggested resources for doing library research and assignments. 

Library Instruction 

  • ASU librarians are available to provide library instruction in a digital environment via Zoom. Send a request for instruction from our Library Instruction page. 
  • Library tutorials are available to help with general research skills, finding articles, citing sources and avoiding plagiarism, and searching specific library databases. ASU Library has a over 25 tutorials to assist learners throughout the research process. 
  • ASU Library’s digital credentialing program serves to bolster and demonstrate proficiency in essential academic library skills. The credentials are designed to help students to master the skills needed to avoid plagiarism, locate resources, develop a research question, and more. 

Library resources accessible anywhere

Library and Google Scholar Search Engines

Find most ASU Libraries' books, articles from newspapers, journals, magazines and more – with just one search!

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  • ASU Library has numerous e-book Collections on a variety of topics. 
  • One of the largest collections at ASU Library is E-Book Central from ProQuest. Search below!
Ebook Central

Streaming Media

Open Access Articles

Free E-Resources : COVID-19

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Library Guide (ASU Library)

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.