May 17, 2022

Library Renovations: Arizona State University: New Doors Open to Renovated Hayden Library After $90 Million Renovation

UPDATE: ASU’s Hayden Library Opens After $90 Million Renovations (via Fox 10 Phoenix)


From ASU Now:

Capping off a $90 million renovation, ASU’s Hayden Library, originally built in 1966, has been reinvented and reopened for the 21st century, with an eye toward maximum accessibility, engagement and support for the university’s growing student population.

Hayden Library’s revamped five-story tower, which sits at the center of ASU’s Tempe campus, now features nearly double the student space, enhanced study areas, community-driven book collections, two reading rooms, a variety of research services and interdisciplinary learning labs, and an entire floor devoted to innovation.

Spectacular campus views and abundant natural light, courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows and the Arizona sun, come as a bonus, says University Librarian Jim O’Donnell.


“Everything about Hayden is meant to make students feel at home and comfortable and supported — so it can be the place where they can reach higher, go farther and surprise themselves with the success they’re capable of,” said O’Donnell.

Following the 22-month construction and closure of Hayden tower, perhaps the most obvious indication of the library’s reinvention can be seen in its wide and welcoming plaza and above-ground entryways — a striking departure from the underground entrance that has been used solely since 1989.


Our team employed a community-centered and data-informed approach to designing the collections for Hayden Library,” said Lorrie McAllister, associate university librarian for collections services and strategy, who leads the ASU Library’s Future of Print initiative.

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this three-year initiative to reinvent the future of print for ASU explores the interests, needs and expectations of 21st-century academic library users.

“We are grateful for the chance to experiment and activate our open stacks as opportunities for engagement and inquiry,” McAllister said.


Additionally, Sun Devils now have access to several high-quality audio/visual production studios, a total of 11 university classrooms, five instruction rooms and 27 conference rooms, where they can conduct group work, study sessions and presentations.

Throughout the library are a variety of amenities, including 10 gender-inclusive restrooms (two on every floor), two wellness and lactation rooms, an interfaith reflection room, an ablution room, three banks of lockers for students to secure their belongings, and a new cafe and market.

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Arizona State University’s Hayden Library to Reopen January 13, 2020

ASU Library Opens New Spaces, Services For Fall Semester (August 22, 2019)

Arizona State University: “Hayden Library Reinvention Breaks New Ground” (May 26, 2018)

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