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Citizen Science

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What is citizen science?

Citizen science is real science done by people like you! There are resources to match your interests with real scientific studies. Whether you share pictures from your garden to help track plant and animal species populations or take a walk in your own neighborhood with a personal air monitor, you can contribute!

What can I do at the library?

You can borrow tools from your library that will help you participate in a specific citizen science project. Some projects require specialized equipment, such as a Sky Quality Meter, an air quality sensor, or a special
smartphone lens. Your library is part of a first-of-its-kind ASU and SciStarter initiative supported by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to help libraries connect communities to citizen science!

Citizen Science items are available at the Main Library at 64 E. 1st St.

Exploring Biodiversity:
Document and identify plants and animals around you.

Measuring Light in the Night:
Help gather light pollution data.

Monitoring Air Quality:
Collect data that will help inform communities about the air quality surrounding them.

Stream Mapping:
Collect data from streams to help scientists analyze water quality.

Zombee Hunter Kit:
A citizen science project which tracks the honey bee parasite that is causing hives to die off.


To check out Citizen Science items:
1. Go to the Main Library, 64 E. 1st St.
2. Look at the display to see what's available.
3. Ask a staff member at the first floor desk to check out an item.


Quick facts about Citizen Science items:
  • Items must be checked out and returned to the Main Library.
  • Lending period is two weeks. Items cannot be renewed, and will accrue $1/day in overdue fines.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to check out a Citizen Science item.
  • Items can be placed on hold; you can check our catalog for availability. 
  • If any piece is missing, borrower will billed a $5.00 processing fee; other replacement fees may vary.