ASU libraries go remote, offer services digitally

Books can still be loaned and borrowed, but the process is done largely online

All ASU libraries have closed and are “open for remote services only” beginning Tuesday, according to the ASU Library website.

Students in need of material for course work can still find it digitally through the Library’s website, though this option is not available for all materials.

Certain books are still eligible to be checked out and received by students if they have a “Request ASU Copy” link. From there, the book can either be picked up at the Hayden Library or shipped for students who returned home from ASU. 

Emails will be sent to students who have requested materials when they are ready to be picked up, and pickup will occur Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m.

All due dates for books have been extended and any accrued fines will be waived during this period, according to the library website. 

“The Arizona State University Library will continue to support students in every possible way during this period of online-only instruction at ASU,” said Jim O’Donnell, the University Librarian, in an update on the site. “In addition to expanding some of our digital services, such as Ask A Librarian, our online chat service, the library is prepared to fully harness the power of its remote learning tools.”

Students in need of research assistance can use Ask A Librarian to help with finding the right person to help. Professors can still request the help of a librarian for their class by sending a request for Library Instruction online to schedule a Zoom meeting with the class. 

The ASU Library website has also added a COVID-19 resource page for indigenous peoples, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced on Twitter today.

The page includes resources concerning the pandemic for Indigenous people, creating one central page to find information concerning tribal lands, their response to COVID-19 and resources from ASU.

Help with gaining internet access can be found on the page, offering links to request laptops and hotspots, services to get free wifi during these times and locations within tribal nations where internet access is accessible.

"ASU, NAU, and UA American Indian student support staff are working collectively to create a list of locations within individual tribal nations and communities that can provide Internet access," the website says. "We will make this information available once completed."

Additional links to Tribal Nations pages, health statistics and current cases of COVID-19, academic support, local news outlets and more can be found on the page.

"This page, created by the Labriola Center, in collab with #Indigenous communities, is a starting point for students primarily and the wider community seeking Indigenous-centric resources & tribal perspectives on COVID-19," the ASU Library Twitter said.

Arizona currently has 1,289 confirmed cases and 24 deaths as a result of COVID-19, the Arizona Department of Health Services said on their website Tuesday. Gov. Doug Ducey declared on March 30 a statewide ‘stay-at-home’ executive order, which will last until April 30. 


Reach the reporter at wmyskow@asu.edu and follow @wmyskow on Twitter. 

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