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About the Library

The ASA libraries in Brooklyn and Manhattan actively support our students’ efforts in reaching their academic and professional goals.

The ASA Libraries contain more than 400,000 resource materials to support the College’s educational programs. The library’s core collection includes books, periodicals and professional journals available in print and online. In addition, the Libraries host a growing collection of electronic resources such as e-books, databases and streaming media sources.

The ASA Libraries are recognized by the New York State Education Department as an Advanced Level Electronic Doorway Library and are an Affiliate Member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The Brooklyn and Manhattan libraries have six professional librarians and a crew of library assistants ready to assist with your research needs.

Library Mission Statement

ASA College Library supports the college’s mission to educate a diverse student population to become responsible professionals committed to lifelong learning.  As an essential partner in the academic enterprise, our purpose is to provide a diverse community with the information resources and services fundamental to learning and the pursuit of knowledge. The library supplements its undertaking with an innovative information literacy program.

Vision Statement

Working together with the academic community, the Library is:

Dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, promoting information literacy skills as the heart of academic success, citizenship and lifelong learning.

Dynamic using our collective expertise to recognize and embrace constant change in technological, learning, and research environments, and offer innovative and timely responses.

Welcoming by providing a secure and stimulating environment for study and research responding with a commitment to service.

Resourceful in offering a rich and diverse collection of information resources and using technology for seamless access.

Collaborative through fulfilling our responsibilities to efficiently work with the ASA College community at large.

Library Policy & Guidelines

The ASA Library may be used by currently registered ASA students, faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff must show a valid ASA College identification (ID) card upon entering the Library.

Food, beverages, children, smoking and loud noise are not permitted in the Library.

After a student has graduated, the ASA Institute Library may be used for consultation, but there are no borrowing privileges.

Loan Periods:
There are no long-term or indefinite loans of Library materials to students, faculty or staff.

  • Circulating Books: 14 days with a limit of three (3) items borrowed at any given time
  • Periodicals: Used in Library. Do Not Circulate
  • Reference Books: Used in Library. Do Not Circulate
  • Reserve Textbooks: Used in Library. Do Not Circulate

Course Textbooks and Reserve Materials: 
Certain high-demand Library materials, including copies of course textbooks, are placed on reserve by faculty for the use of their students. Reserve materials may be used only in the Library. An ID must be shown to use these materials in the Library.

Renewals:
All circulating Library materials may be renewed. Two renewals are permitted — a maximum of 6 weeks total — if no one else has requested the material.

Overdues/Fines/Bills: CURRENTLY NOT APPLIED DUE TO COVID-19

No further loans will be made to students, faculty or staff with overdue Library materials.

  • Overdue fines for regular loans: 25¢ per day/$12.50 maximum overdue fine
  • Bills for unreturned/lost material: Replacement cost plus overdue fine
  • Students with unreturned materials, unpaid overdue fines, or unpaid replacement bills will not receive their certificates, diplomas, or degrees until their Library record is cleared.
  • Faculty and staff are also responsible for the payment of overdue fines and replacement costs for unreturned or lost Library materials.