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This guide provides information about using the University of Idaho Library from outside of Moscow.


If you are taking classes online or at one of the University of Idaho centers, this guide is for you! Use the tabs above to discover how to access library resources without ever stepping into the building!

To use this guide, try opening up a separate browser tab or window and follow along with the instructions you see within it.

Getting Started

To make the most of the library's resources from off-campus, you will need to enter your Net ID at the prompt (Vandal Email address and password).  If you don't know your Net ID, please contact ITS at,, or 208-885-HELP.  

For Interlibrary Loan Requests, a library barcode number is still needed. If you do not have a Vandal Card, please call 208-885-6843 or email to receive a barcode number. 

Please contact the Reference Desk with any questions at 208-885-6584,, or via chat at!

Search the Library's Catalog (Primo)

What does each of the drop downs actually search?

University of Idaho Library Catalog search bar with drop down that shows +Summit + Articles, +Summit, UI LIbrary, and Reserves

  • UI Library: Print and ebooks from the UI Library (Main Library, Law Library, Curriculum Center, Women's Center, Anthropology Lab, and Herbarium)
  • +Summit: Print books and ebooks from the UI Library and print books from the 38 other members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance (see a list of libraries here). 
  • +Summit + Articles: Everything that the +Summit scope searches and SOME of the UI Library article databases. 
  • Reserves: If your professor says something is "on reserve" at the library, use this tab to find it. You can search by class name or professor name.


Contact Us

Rami Attebury


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If you have questions about accessing library resources from outside of Moscow, please feel free to contact Rami. You can also contact the librarian who specializes in your subject area. See a lit of all subject librarians here: Library Liaisons.