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Research Guides

Resources for Alumni: Books

This guide is here to help connect alumni to resources for research after they have graduated from the University of Idaho.

Map of Idaho with half circle indicating the part of Washington considered local area




Any Idaho resident 18 years of age or older can check out books with a guest permit, which they can obtain by presenting a photo ID at the Circulation Desk. Washington residents who live in Pullman, Palouse, Albion, Uniontown and up to Colfax and down to Clarkston can also obtain guest permits.



Use the link below to search for books in the University of Idaho Library catalog.

If a book’s record says "Check Request Options," this means it is not in our library. To find only the books in our library, which you can check out with a guest card, go to “Refine My Results” on the left side of the screen and under “Availability,” select "Available in the Library.”

Public Library

If you want a book the University of Idaho Library doesn't have or if you are unable to come into the Library, you can request a copy through your local public library. To find your public library and learn more about placing Interlibrary Loan book requests, see the Public Library Tab on this guide.

Open Access Books

The term Open Access refers to the concept of making research and information freely available online for anyone to use. For more on Open Access see the Open Access Tab of our Open Access, Scholarly Communication, and Copyright Guide. Below are a list of some places where you can find Open Access Books.

Open Access eBooks in our Catalog

Screenshot of the Open Access check box

You can also search for Open Access E-Books in our library catalog. To find them, check the Open Access box in the Availability section of the Refine My Results column in our catalog. It looks like the image on the left. Then select e-Books under "Resources Type."

Other Place to Find Open Access eBooks 

For more sources of Open Access Books, visit this Guide of Open Access E-Books

Google Book Search

Google Books is an online repository of books that have been digitized and made available to the public.