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Library Overview

Cline Library is committed to:

  • Providing a physical environment for intellectual discovery, collaborative research projects, and computing, and an equally rich online learning environment that is fully accessible to students, faculty and staff regardless of location.
  • Aligning its efforts to institutional and college initiatives and priorities while responding to the rapidly changing expectations of students and faculty.
  • Providing what students need to successfully meet a variety of learning experiences and coursework requirements and exceed the expectations that move them forward to graduation. 


  • More than 1.4 million volumes, including some 460,000 print book and 6,000 print serial titles. 
  • Access to more than 232,000 e-books, 140 databases, 88,000 e-journals and newspapers, 80,000 streaming videos and 132,000 streamed sound recordings.
  • Special Collections and Archives holds 20 million unique items focused on the Colorado Plateau and Northern Arizona. Over 110,000 are accessible in the online Colorado Plateau Archives, which includes digital content from partners such as the Arizona Historical Society/Flagstaff, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, and Navajo Nation Museum.
  • OpenKnowledge@NAU, NAU's institutional repository, gathers NAU teaching, research and creative output in a central, open location.


  • Library services for students and faculty of:
    • NAU’s Mountain Campus and Extended Campuses.
    • Coconino Community College, in support of NAU’s “CCC2NAU” partnership with CCC.
    • The Phoenix Biomedical Campus, where NAU and University of Arizona jointly operate a library whose staff includes an NAU librarian.
  • Document Delivery Services (free to NAU users) borrows or obtains items not in our collections.
  • Research assistance and consultations via text, live chat, email, phone or in person.
  • Borrow Laptops & Equipment (including digital cameras, audio recorders, external hard drives, camcorders, external DVD drives, headphones and energy meters) available for student checkout.


  • Open 116.5 hours per week, including until 2 a.m. five nights a week for Fall and Spring semesters and extended hours (including 24-hour days) during End of Term and Finals weeks.
  • Largest computing lab on campus.
    • Robust wireless network available to NAU and public users throughout the building.
    • Seven technology-rich media studios for production, practice, viewing, assistive technology and more in a larger open iMac studio.
    • A variety of computing options available to NAU users, including energy-saving virtual desktop computers, Mac desktop computers, PC desktop computers and lending laptops. In addition, PC desktops available to community users.
    • Assistive technology equipment. 
    • Six scanning stations that export scanned images from books, microforms and more directly to email, printers, USB and home drives, and other options. 
    • Printers (color and black and white) connected to the campus-wide ITS Printing service.
  • Some furnishings feature wood and granite salvaged during library projects for library reuse.
  • Energy-saving features including a plumbing system with low-flow faucets and toilets to reduce water use, an optimized heating and cooling system, and an energy-reducing lighting system.


  • Study rooms: 17 group and 10 individual study rooms available for student checkout. Limited number of carrels available to graduate students and faculty.
  • Designated spaces for quiet study, quiet computing, and silent study. 
    • Quiet study: 20 quiet study desks, including 10 with computers, on second floor, and an additional 50 quiet study seats at tables on third floor. 
    • Silent study: 36 desks and 16 seats at tables, all on third floor. 
  • First floor computing area with seating for 122 and 56 adjustable height workstations.
  • MakerLab with 20 3D printers, plus tools and components for creating electronic devices. The MakerLab is open to NAU and CCC students, faculty and staff and members of the public.
  • Open media lab with seating for 58 users and 25 adjustable height workstations.
  • 400-seat Assembly Hall for classes and events. 
  • Advanced technology 70-seat Learning Studio designed to increase engagement and learning for students while supporting “flipped classroom” and other teaching methods for faculty.
  • Scholars’ Corner Café offers beverages and light snacks during the academic year. Vending machines in the library provide snacks and cold beverages.


  • Limestone and bronze sculpture in front of the library is "1996: The Year of Science" created by Budapest artist Péter Párkányi Raab during his appointment as an NAU visiting artist.
  • Stained glass windows the Jean Collins Reading Room were a gift to the library and the university from Jean Collins, Emeritus Dean and University Librarian, upon her retirement. Local artist Vickie Belman created the windows from a joint design with Dean Collins.