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Community Information Services: Fee-based for Non-university Library Users

The Library's primary clientele consists of the students, staff, and faculty at Idaho State University. However, the library provides various services and resources to individuals not affiliated with Idaho State University on a fee-per-service basis. These services are also available to businesses, organizations, and other non-university entities, such as health care professionals. The available services are mainly for reference or document delivery assistance.

Available services and fees

  • Photocopy Options for the Non-ISU Law Library User
  • Obituary Searches
  • Document Delivery: Items From the Oboler Library's Own Collection
  • Items Not Owned by the Oboler Library
  • Research Services or Database Searching
  • Rush Orders
  • Contacts
  • Special Collection Services and Prices

Photocopy Options for the Non-ISU Law Library User

Most charges will include simple shipping/handling costs. However, large requests may require additional shipping costs. Prepayment is required before materials are retrieved and shipped.

Note: This is not a service for ISU students, faculty or staff to request library materials. There are other established Oboler Library services, Interlibrary Loan or Distance Library Services, for ISU affiliates. This is also not the place for libraries to request to borrow materials from Oboler Library. Those requests should be sent to our Interlibrary Loan Office via ALA style forms, fax, email, mail, OCLC, or DOCLINE.

A printable form to request material is available at
http://www.isu.edu/library/services/ddform.pdf (pdf format)

Obituary Searches

These searches are usually done in microfilm copies of old newspapers and will result in a copy of the obituary. The information needed includes the person's name, date and place of death. If there is missing information, the search will be extended; searches over 15 minutes will be billed using fees listed under, Research Services or Database Searching.

Fee: $10.00 per name, if found within 15 minutes. Additional minutes after first 15 minutes will be billed at $24.00/hour ($0.40/minute).

Document Delivery: Items From the Oboler Library's Own Collection

Library staff will secure a copy of a document from the Library's collection and the requested document will then be faxed or mailed to the patron. Normally, the Library anticipates that it should be able to copy and forward material from its own collection within 3 business days following receipt of payment.

Article or Book Chapter:
Base cost of $12.00 per item pulled
(Cost includes: first 30 pages for paper-to-paper copies or first 10 pages for microform-to-paper copies, mailing or fax costs and tax. Any applicable copyright fees are additional.)

Additional Page Cost:
$0.10/page for paper-to-paper copies after first 30 pages
$0.30/page for microform-to-paper copies after first 10 pages.

Table of Contents:
$0.80 per journal issue pulled.

Items Not Owned by the Oboler Library

The Oboler Library does not provide this service except for Health Care Professionals. All other persons wanting this service should contact their local public library. In Pocatello, we suggest that non-university library users contact the Marshall Public Library to request and obtain materials that are not owned by the Oboler Library.

Idaho Health Care Professionals services are listed at "Services for Idaho Health Care Professionals".

Research Services or Database Searching

Qualified Library staff members are available to conduct literature searches in various subject areas. Staff will perform customized research using both print and electronic reference tools.

$24.00 for first hour, $20.00 for each additional hour plus any other incurred charges. Most online searches can be completed in less than one hour.

Rush Orders

If quick access to material is required, rush delivery is available. This means that the Library staff will put this request on a priority level and secure it as quickly as possible. It will be sent by fax or priority mail. Other shipping options (such as Federal Express) require the requestor to supply an account number.

$10.00 per item requested plus regular photocopy, search and delivery fees.


Varies - quote available upon request. Minimum of $100.00 for one-hour workshop

Institutions and organizations may request development and delivery of specialized workshops and seminar. If Library staffing and resources are available, Library staff will provide a written quotation of estimated costs to conduct workshops or seminars. These costs may include at a minimum:
  - Librarian's salary & fringe benefits for time spent preparing, traveling, teaching;
  - equipment;
  - materials & supplies, including handouts;
  - travel costs


Contact for General Requests:
Library Administration
ISU Campus Box 8089
Pocatello, ID 83209-8089
Phone: (208) 282-2997
Fax: (208) 282-5847
Email: rothsusa@isu.edu

Contacts for Law/Legal Requests:
Jenny Lynne Semenza
Oboler Library Reference
ISU Campus Box 8089
Pocatello, ID 83209-8089
Phone: (208) 282-2581
Fax: (208) 282-5847
Email: semejenn@isu.edu

Contact for Idaho Health Care Professionals Requests:
Idaho Health Sciences Library
ISU Campus Box 8089
Pocatello, ID 83209-8089
Phone: (208) 282-4686
Fax: (208) 282-4295
Email: ihsl@isu.edu

Special Collection Services and Prices

Contact Special Collections directly for information related to area or Idaho history, as well as old and rare materials, manuscripts, or the University Archives.

Research services conducted by the Special Collections area are billed by a different fee schedule that is given below. The fees for their various photo duplication methods are also listed.

Contact for Special Collections Requests:

Ellen M. Ryan
Head of Special Collections & University Archives
ISU Campus Box 8089
Pocatello, ID 83209-8089
Phone: (208) 282-3608
Fax: (208) 282-3209
Email: ryanelle@isu.edu

Fee Schedule - Special Collections Department

Item PriceNotes
Research fee (after 2 free hours) 24.00 Per hour after 2 free hours
Copy fee black & white
8 ½ x 11
0.10 Per copy per side
Copy fee color
8 ½ x 11
0.70 Per copy single-sided only

Complete listing of Reproduction Fees and Media Use Fees

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