Using the Library: Current Students

All current students can get their library card number by visiting the circulation desk on the library first floor and presenting a current student ID. A library card number is necessary to check out physical items from the library; it is not necessary to use electronic resources or request books from Prospector.

On-Campus students: To checkout a physical item, please go to the first floor the Nielsen library with your current ASU ID and your item. To renew items log into your library account with your name and library number (401…) or asu+900 number (asu900xxxx). You can also renew items by calling the circulation desk at 719-587-7781.

For more information on finding items, please go to Find and Request Materials.

Distance & online students: Distance students are encouraged to use their local libraries for physical items, unless they live near the university. However, some programs allow students to borrow up to 5 physical items from the library’s circulating collection. These items will be sent to the students home address. Please email Rosanna Backen at for more information.

Print correspondence students: Print correspondence students do not have direct access to library databases or books, but can seek mediated access through the assistance of a librarian.

Limits and checkout periods for students

Item Limit Check-out Period
Books No limit on books 3 weeks, 3 renewals
Interlibrary Loan No limit Depends on lending library
Popular Books 3 items 3 weeks, no renewals
DVDs and VHS 2 items 1 week, no renewals for popular, 3 weeks, no renewals for regular
Technology Collection 1 item depends on the item
Board and Card Games 3 items 1 week, no renewals
Seeds 10 packets forever
All students, with the exception of print correspondence students, should have access to the library’s electronic resources. The login will be the same as the one for your blackboard account. If you are unable to login off-campus, please contact computing services for an account.
While students cannot reserve individual study rooms they can reserve the larger group study rooms and classrooms. You can find out more about what the rooms are like on the room reservations page. To reserve a room, please fill out this form or call the library reference desk at 719-587-7196.
The library has 2 black and white printers, 1 color printer, 3 EPSON scanners, 1 book scanner, and 1 public copier. Students can also print from laptops by using Adams State webprint. Please see the computer information page for locations and pricing.
To get on the library wifi network, first select the ASU wifi. Then open up a browser. The browser should prompt you to login with your student account. If you have any problems connecting to campus wifi please contact computing services.

To submit a thesis

Students may submit extra copies, however, they will be expected to pay via check for additional copies.

All theses will be placed in our digital repository.

Read our theses policy.

Not finding what you need? Visit the Library Help Center or contact us for more information.