Arizona State University has eight libraries.
Five libraries are located on the Tempe campus including Nobel Science and Engineering, Hayden, Architecture, Music and Law Library.
The other campuses, Polytechnic, West and Downtown also have library locations.
Every library has subject librarians to help students successfully find information.
Each library has the traditional book stacks to find information but there are also library guides found online that offer thousands of articles and journals available for students to use.
The university spends a lot of money for access to library guides. Subject Librarians are there to help students get their money’s worth and get the most out of the resources available.
My mom calls it cheating that I do most of my reading through listening. For a lot of my English literature classes most of our required text books are novels. I always buy a hard copy but then I ask for itunes cards to buy the audio book version as well.
But these audio books can get expensive which is why I was so excited to find that libraries also offer audio books and they are all free to check out.
My favorite way to check out an audio book is online. No transportation required all you need is a library card. Greater Phoenix Digital Library offers audio books and ebooks to read on your tablet.
Getting started can be a little challenging because the digital library is relatively new but Tempe library offers technical support if there are any problems or questions.
Children’s books, non fiction, classics, young adult, business and biography all come in audio book form. My mom and I did a lot of driving from California to Arizona. Six hours was a long time to keep myself occupied so we listened to audio books.
We have listened to every Harry Potter audio book at least four times. We were listening to the Harry Potter series back when audio books were available for check out in cassette form.
Tempe has one branch that is located at 3500 S. Rural Road. If you are in the Tempe area and are looking to get there by public transportation the library is a stop on the Orbit Transit, a free bus service connecting residential and shopping areas.
Most libraries are the same so that if you understand the inner workings of one you can basically find your way around the rest. Most libraries now have available for check out DVDs, CDs, magazines, Bestsellers, as well as nonfiction, fiction, large type and Spanish books. A lot of libraries even offer all these materials in a digital version that only require a library card.
Beyond the resources libraries offer, they also give an comfortable atmosphere available to the public. One of the most inviting atmosphere can be found at the Tempe Public Library.
Tempe Public Library Manager Sherry Waren says the Tempe Library is fun friendly atmosphere with something to offer everyone.
“People come for scones, coffee and to read the newspapers.”
Inside is a coffee shop called Tempe connections. They sell café items like coffee, smoothies, sandwiches and muffins. It has tables where food is allowed which pair nicely with the shelves of varieties of newspapers and magazines.
Current periodicals editions are available as well as up to a year of editions, so if you were bummed you missed the issue of Glamour that featured One Direction, don’t worry because the library has it available and can be checked out for 28 days.
The library is becoming a versatile location that accommodates social gatherings like meeting for coffee as well as meeting space and group study areas.
It is still offers an atmosphere of study, learning and knowledge. With the recent expansion to the library Warren says more seating and outlets were added to satisfy those looking for a space to study with their laptop or however they may chose.
“It’s not a shushing library anymore,” Waren said. But there is a Quiet Room that does not allow conversation, computers and is for those who want to sit in a quiet atmosphere
The library has events that hold book discussions, movie screenings and tutorials on computers and Internet use.
Warren is most proud of the children’s library. It is one of the largest that isn’t used for storage. The children’s library is located in the lower level of the Tempe Library. Just like the upstairs adult library there are computers for children to use. Shelves and comfy chairs that are short and easy for children to navigate.
There are sections of audio books, magazines and DVDs just for kids. Its also a great resource for teachers. I noticed a DVD of Grammar Schoolhouse Rock that I almost checked out.
Sections are divided into middle school, early reading and picture books. There is a play area perfect for parents to read aloud to kids.