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Orientation: Getting to know the UI Library: Library Basics

Learn about the library, its people, resources and services.


Current hours for the University of Idaho Main Library can be found on our website. This page also includes department hours for:

  • Reference
  • Special Collections
  • Government Documents 
  • Interlibrary Loan

The Library Lounge (Fishbowl), located to the right of the main library entrance, is open 24 hours daily. 


Non-UI affiliated  library visitors have two options:

1) Purchase a visitor permit ($2/day, online, or at the Parking Office) and park in a university lot. The Parking Office is in the Intermodal Transit Center, corner of Sweet Ave. and Railroad St. (1006 Railroad Street).

2) Park at a self-serve pay station lot and pay with debit/credit cards and coins. Hourly rates vary based on the location and time of day, ranging from $0.75 to $1.25 per hour.

Campus Parking Map

Our Location

The University of Idaho Library is located in the heart of the campus, directly north of the Memorial Gymnasium and adjacent to the Idaho Commons and Malcolm Renfrew Hall. 

The University Library also partners with the Law LibraryInstructional Materials Teaching Center (IMTC), Women's Center, and Herbarium, Each location has specialized hours of operation.

History of the Library

Historical images of the UI Library like this one can be found in the Campus Photograph Collection, courtesty of our Digital Initiatives Department.

The University of Idaho Library is the state's largest, with more than 1.4 million books, periodicals, government documents, maps, video recordings. Our Special Collections and Archives include those many famous Idahoans, including Ezra Pound, Vardis Fisher, Frank Bruce Robinson, and Carol Ryrie Brink of Moscow.

Designed by Lewiston architects Ellis Feeney and constructed in 1957 at a cost of $1.5 million, the library was relocated to the former site of the UI tennis courts directly north of the Memorial Gymnasium from its previous location in the south wing of the Administration Building. The UI Library was expanded by 50 percent in the early 1990s and rededicated in 1994.


Contact Us

University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2350
Moscow, ID 83844-2350 

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(208) 885-6584


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