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Part 3. Services, Functions and Facilities Use

Section II. University Library

B. General

The 177,000 square foot Eli M. Oboler Library was completed in 1977. At that time it was said to be the largest building constructed for educational purposes in the State of Idaho.

The Library houses over 416,000 books and 119,000 bound periodicals, 8,000 journals, magazines and newspaper titles, and 3,200 current subscriptions. In addition to printed materials, the Library owns a collection of over 1,526,000 microforms and maintains licenses for access to a number of abstracting and indexing databases, and several hundred electronic journals. Library materials are selected primarily in support of University curricula.

The Library has been a depository for government publications since 1908. The Documents Collection contains around 385,000 Federal documents, as well as a large collection of Idaho State documents and United Nations publications. The Library also maintains a collection of 43,500 sheet maps, most of which are issued by the U.S. Geological Survey and Defense Mapping Agency (earlier the Army Map Service). Additional U.S. maps are available on microfilm.

Access to library materials is provided through ELI, the Library’s online catalog, available via the library web page. ELI includes a library reserve module, and faculty can put materials on reserve at the Library circulation desk. In addition, the Library provides access to numerous information databases in various subject areas. It is the Library’s goal to provide desktop access to faculty and students for all of its available databases, thus most of these data bases can be accessed via the Library web page:

Material that is not available at the Eli M. Oboler Library is provided to faculty, staff, and students through the library’s interlibrary loan services.

Faculty may schedule library instruction sessions for any classes. The library instruction team is interested in a curriculum-integrated approach and seeks opportunities to work with faculty in developing meaningful library research assignments.

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