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Eli M. Oboler Library

At the time of its dedication in 1977, the ISU Library was the largest building in Idaho devoted entirely to educational purposes. Its predecessors were a large room in Swanson Hall, 1902-1924; the second floor of Frazier Hall, 1925-1954; and a four-level building located at the south end of Hutchinson Quadrangle that included the ISU Museum, 1954-1977.

The total square feet of the current facility is 177,000, and the construction cost was $5,087,494.61.

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 print 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. See Collections.

The Library has been a depository for U.S. 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 the Defense Mapping Agency (and earlier the Army Map Service). Additional U.S. maps are available on microfilm. See Government Publications.

Access to library materials is provided through ELI, the library’s online catalog, which is available through the library web page. ELI also includes a library reserve module through which reserve materials can be located. 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 databases can be accessed via the library web page:

Material that is not available at the Eli M. Oboler Library can be provided to faculty, staff, and students through the Library’s Interlibrary Loan services. See Interlibrary Loan.

Library instruction sessions may be scheduled for any university class. The library instruction team is interested in a curriculum-integrated approach and seeks opportunities to work with faculty in developing meaningful library research assignments. See Instruction.

Idaho Health Sciences Library

The Idaho Health Sciences Library (IHSL) is a unit of the Eli M. Oboler Library. It was formed in 1992 in response to the Idaho State Board of Education’s designation of ISU as the state’s lead institution for education in the health professions. The mission of the IHSL is "to advance education, research, and patient care by providing publication-based information to the university community, Idaho health care providers and consumers." In addition to the services it provides to the university community, the IHSL provides database searches, document delivery, interlibrary loan, and journal issue table of contents delivery to one local hospital, as well as to Idaho health care professionals, on a cost recovery basis. See IHSL.

Off-campus Library Services

In 1994, the University Library Center-Idaho State University campus in Idaho Falls-was opened to provide reference service and library instruction to faculty and students. A professional librarian and support staff assure that patrons have access to these resources as well as those that are available on the main campus in Pocatello. See Distance Learning Library Services.

The Oboler Library also provides document delivery from its collections to off-campus sites located in Twin Falls and Boise. Additional information on all off-campus library services is available on the library’s web page. See Off-campus library services.

Special Collections

The Special Collections Division currently includes local materials dating from the 1940s to the present. Examples of current items include campus newsletters and the new University Centennial commemorative book. The Collections contain many original source materials for research relating to Idaho history (especially Southeastern Idaho). The personal and financial papers of early Pocatello and Southeastern Idaho residents, companies, and organizations are solicited for possible inclusion in the collections. See Special Collections.

Special Collections houses the following collections:
  • Intermountain West
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts
  • Historic Maps
  • Photographs (Idaho and area images)
  • Schultz Radio-ecology
  • University Archives

University Archives

University Archives is the official repository for materials of historical or archival value that document the development of the university and its on-going business, as well as its mission, policies and programs.

University Records Mangagement

During the summer of 2000, the President of the University initiated a Records Management program promoting the creation, management, preservation and disposal of information in accordance with applicable Idaho and federal regulations. A Records Manager and a Records Management Advisory Committee will facilitate this task. The University Archives is the repository for these records.

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