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COVID-19 Library Updates & Support

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

Updated as of March 26:  Here's what's happening at the ASU Library in response to COVID-19.  We encourage you to check back regularly; updates will be made as changes are implemented.

A message from University Librarian, Jim O'Donnell

The Arizona State University Library will continue to support students in every possible way during this period of online-only instruction at ASU. In addition to expanding some of our digital services, the ASU Library is prepared to fully harness the power of its digital learning tools and multiple resource delivery channels. Libraries are open on all ASU campuses with adjusted hours and limited access, and we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of these spaces. Should you have any concerns, please reach out to me directly at jod@asu.edu

Jim O'Donnell, University Librarian

Libraries open on all campuses with limited access

Libraries remain open on all ASU campuses with adjusted hours and limited access.

Please bring your Sun Card. At this time, all ASU buildings, including libraries, are accessible only to currently enrolled students and university employees.  If you experience trouble with your SunCard, please contact the Sun Card office on your campus, or contact them at 480-965-2273.

On the ASU Tempe campus, the Noble Library, Design and Arts Library and the Music Library are closed until further notice. 

Please note that there are no overnight hours for any library at this time.

  • Downtown Phoenix campus Library (current hours; note: will be closed on Saturdays starting March 28)
  • Polytechnic campus Library (current hoursnote: will be closed on Saturdays starting March 28)
  • Tempe campus:  Hayden Library (current hours: Enter from ground level south entrance across from Memorial Union.)
    • Starting Thursday March 19, the Distinctive Collections Reading Room is available for researchers by appointment only. Please contact Ask an Archivist.
  • West campus

The Ask a Librarian online chat service has extended its hours: Monday-Thursday 8 am to 9 pm and Friday 8 am to 5pm

Computer Availability

Each of the open libraries have limited computer workstations available for students.   Printing and scanning via Print Anywhere continue to be available in each open location as well.  In addition, UTO also has managed computing sites that remain open for student use at this time. Find out more via UTO

While Using the Library

While these locations remain open, we do ask students to please support social distancing guidelines and remember to wash your hands often.  We have closed group study rooms at this time, as it is impossible to maintain social distance in those tight spaces.  

Library services impacted

Borrowing / Returning Materials

  • You can continue to check out a book from any of the libraries that remain open.
  • At this time, the ASU Library is suspending interlibrary loans and delivery requests of physical materials (including recalls).  However, Interlibrary Loan will continue to fill requests that can be can be fulfilled with digital resources.  
  • You can return items you have checked out to any of the libraries that remain open.   
  • Do not worry about fines during this time. The ASU Library will either extend your due dates or waive the fines that may be accrued during this time. 
  • If you have an Interlibrary Loan item checked out and need to find out about extending the due date, please email  ASU-ILL@asu.edu and one of our staff will be in touch with you.

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.
  • 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 university 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!

Library One Search - Try It!

E-Books

  • 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 who has extended ASU unlimited access to their collection during this challenging time. Search below!
Ebook Central

Streaming Media

Open Access Articles

Online Textbooks

Online Textbooks

  • Kyle Bowen, Executive Director of Learning Experience, announced, "thanks to the work of ASU, ASU Bookstores, Follett, and RedShelf, students can access textbooks at no cost for the spring semester from the most common publishers."Instructions available here:  RedShelf Access  
  • Cambridge University Press is making their textbooks available for the spring semester at Cambridge Core.

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Library Guide (ASU Library)

Hours and Locations