Ashford University Library

24/7 Library Assistance for Online Learners

Everything you need to research your assignments can be found in the Ashford University Library.

This online resource – accessible via your device or desktop – includes an expanding database of scholarly journals and articles, ebooks, academic video, newspapers, business research tools, and more.

The best part: You can get help whenever you need it. The Library is staffed to meet the needs of today’s on-the-go learner, and you’ll be talking to a live person when you need assistance.

Contact a Librarian

Access the library through your Student Portal and connect with a librarian any one of the following ways:

- Chat. Chat assistance is available 24/7.
- Phone. You can speak with an Ashford librarian by calling the toll free number listed on the Library website during our phone hours.
- Email. Email at any time and receive a response within 24 hours on weekdays and 72 hours on weekends.

No matter which method you choose, Ashford University librarians will help you find the sources you need to complete your assignment.

Can’t Find What You Need In the Library?

If your search comes up empty, you can always ask a librarian to assist you with Interlibrary Loan Services. This service allows you to obtain articles and other documents that are not currently in the Ashford Library's electronic collections.

Library Tools

In addition to helping you navigate the Library database, Ashford University offers a number of helpful tools for students.

Library Webinars
You can get live instruction from an Ashford librarian by attending one of the library webinars offered throughout the month. Topics include an orientation to the library, basic and advanced research skills, using keywords in your search, and organizing your research. You can see the schedule and upcoming topics on the library website. To join and participate in a webinar, click the link on the library homepage at the time of the webinar. Recordings are also available on the library website for students who are unable to attend a webinar live.

Library Tutorials
The Ashford librarians have created tutorials that can help students learn to research more effectively. Learn how to use library databases, identify scholarly articles, find articles for your assignments, and more. Accessible whenever you need them, these videos, learning modules, and tip sheets are available on the library website.

Subject Guides
Prepared by Ashford librarians, these guides provide recommendations of useful research resources both in the library’s collection and on the web, based on your area of research or sometimes your specific course. Guides can provide helpful tips that can make your research easier and provide support for starting your research.

This tool provides answers to some of the more frequent questions students have related to using the Ashford Library and finding information for assignments. Located in the upper corner of the library website, QuickAnswers is available 24/7.


Take advantage of the following online academic resources available to you as an Ashford student, faculty member, or staff member.

Collection Highlights

  • ACLS Humanities Ebooks
  • American Psychological Association databases
  • Credo Reference
  • ebrary
  • EBSCOHost
  • ERIC
  • Empire Online
  • Films On Demand
  • FirstSearch
  • Mergent
  • NewsBank
  • Project MUSE
  • ProQuest
  • RefWorks
  • SAGE Journals Online
  • Tablebase
  • Westlaw
  • World Book Online