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Orientation: Getting to know the UI Library: Floor by Floor

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

Study in the University of Idaho Library

Group study rooms and open tables are located on the 3nd and 4th floors (designated as quiet study areas).

Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis and are equipped with white boards; markers may be checked out from the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor.

Open tables are also located on the 1st and 2nd floors (not designated as quiet).

First Floor Renovation

The UI Library is currently revamping 1st floor to improve study areas and add a new coffee and snack shop. During construction, many library services have been relocated to 2nd floor, but we will still provide the same great resources and services!

Find more information on the 1st floor renovation here:

What's on First?

The1st floor is where you will find:

  • Reference Desk.
  • Reference books and atlases
  • Circulation Desk
  • Reserves Desk
  • Map Room
  • Interlibrary Loan office
  • Government Documents office
  • Special Collections office
  • Computer lab with IT support
  • DVDs, CDs and LPs
  • Turntable for listening to LPs
  • DVD and VHS players

Books (main stacks) are located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. Books and periodicals (2nd floor) are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system.

On the 1st floor you will also find:

  • Book storage area (ask at the Circulation Desk)
  • Comfortable seating for informal groups
  • Tables and white boards for collaborative group study
  • Statistics Tutoring area
  • Restroom and water fountain

What's on Second?

The 2nd floor is where to go to find current issues of periodicals (newspapers, magazines and journals). The 2nd floor is also where you will find:

  • Older issues of periodicals
  • Browsing and paperback books
  • Books with call numbers T-Z
  • Oversized books with call number A-Z
  • Comfortable seating
  • Group study tables and white boards
  • Copy machine
  • Microfilm & microfiche
  • Microfilm & microfiche reader, scanner and printer
  • Computer with access to the library catalog
  • Restroom and water fountain
  • Library instruction room

What's on Third?

The 3rd floor is where you'll find books with call numbers that begin with H, J, K, L, M, N, P, Q and R. You will also find:

  • Group study rooms
  • Graduate study carrels with lockers
  • Computer with access to the library catalog
  • Restroom and water fountain 

The 3rd floor is designated as a quiet floor.


What's on Fourth?

The 4th floor is the place to come to use a computer in a quiet space. In addition to computer work stations, you will find:

  • Books with call numbers A-E
  • Library Administration Office and conference room,
  • Group study rooms
  • Graduate study carrels and lockers
  • IQ station
  • Assistive technology classroom
  • Offices of library faculty and staff
  • Restroom and water fountain

The 4th floor is designated as a quiet floor.