McCain National Library

Arizona State University is privileged to be the home of a new McCain National Library that will honor the life and legacy of the late John McCain, who represented Arizona first as a Congressman and then as a longtime United States Senator and a Republican presidential nominee.

John McCain is an important symbol of American democracy and he holds a special place of respect and appreciation in Arizona. ASU intends to work with others in the community to take this unique property and create something that honors his extraordinary life and legacy and that serves the principles he devoted his life and career to and carries it forward for future generations to learn from.”

ASU President Michael Crow

The new 80,000-square-foot National Library will include archives for Senator McCain’s papers and materials from his decades of high-profile work in Arizona, Washington and around the globe while in office. A visitor’s center and an Arizona home for the Washington, D.C.-based McCain Institute are among other elements planned for the site, envisioned as a solutions center and gathering spot to learn more about leadership, democracy and national security.

Joined by members of the McCain family, President Biden called the plans a fitting tribute to his good friend, longtime fellow Congressman, and American statesman.

The project will rejuvenate an often-overlooked 22.5-acre part of ASU near Mill Avenue and Curry Road, across Tempe Town Lake and north of the university’s main Tempe campus.

Rendering of an aerial view of The McCain National Library

ASU has owned the site since 1980. Now home to the university’s community services building, the location by Papago Park offers elevated views of the nearby Rio Salado riverbed, Tempe Town Lake, the city of Tempe and ASU’s Tempe campus.

A rendering of and aerial view of the McCain Library

ASU in the coming months will work with the McCain family, Gov. Katie Hobbs, and Arizona community leaders to launch design and construction. The ASU Foundation will launch a fundraising campaign to support the development and enhancement of the site. The schedule and timeline for planning and development for the ASU project has not been established.

A map showing the location of the McCain National Library in relation to ASU Tempe campus and Tempe Town Lake