Coffee and Donuts with the Research Community

Beginning in September, OIT, in conjunction with the Division of Research and Economic Development and Albertsons Library, will host a community event for researchers and their graduate assistants on a monthly basis.

Please join us on the first Thursday of each month at the Environmental Research Building (ERB), first floor conference room and atrium from 9 am – 11 am. The forum will include brief presentations of resources, support and contact information provided by the Research Computing Department, the Library, and the Division of Research and Economic Development, at 9 am and then again at 10 am.

In between presentations, coffee, tea and donuts are available as well as opportunities for introductions to other university researchers.

For more information:

or contact

Michelle Armstrong, Scholarly Communications and Data Management Librarian michellearmstrong1@boisestate.edu


Reserve a Study Room at Albertsons Library!

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Based on student feedback, Albertsons Library has increased the number of group study rooms that can be reserved by students.

The six study rooms, located on all four floors of the library can be reserved via the online reservation form, or students can continue to place reservations at the Circulation or CRC (2nd floor) Desk.

Rooms can be reserved by current Boise State students for 3 hours at a time, 2 reservations a week, and 1 week in advance.

In addition, faculty, staff, and graduate students can reserve private study rooms on the 4th floor. Two rooms, 401 K and 401 L, are small study rooms with one desk and chair.

These offices are ideal for working in a quiet space, away from interruptions. These rooms can be reserved for 8 hours at a time, 3 time slots a week, 1 month in advance. Keys to the room must be checked out at the Circulation Desk. Reservations can be made via our online form, or at the Circulation and CRC Desks.

Other study rooms on the 3rd and 4th floor are first-come first-served. Visit the library’s Library Space page to learn more about the various study and collaborative spaces in the building.

Mary Aagard
Access Services


A Closer Look at Interlibrary Loan (ILL)


Can’t find what you’re looking for at Albertsons Library? Try Interlibrary Loan! This free service is available to all current Boise State University students, staff, and faculty. But, what is it? Interlibrary Loan (ILL) seeks to support the research and teaching needs of Boise State by providing materials beyond the collections of Albertsons Library. Through this service, students and staff have access to short term loans from libraries all across the country, and in some cases, internationally. In 2013 alone, Albertsons Library borrowed 13,474 items and loaned out 5,747 items. I use Interlibrary Loan most often when I am researching a specific person or topic that might require materials that are harder to find.

A wide range of materials are available for short term loans, including:
  • Books
  • CD’s
  • DVD’s
  • Microfilm
  • and so much more!

How hard is it to take advantage of this great service? Not hard at all! If you see a resource that you need and we don’t have it, then click on the orange ‘Request item through Interlibrary Loan’ link to get the item you need from another establishment. If you have never used Interlibrary Loan before, you will need to set up your account with your my.boisestate.edu information, but that is easy as 1-2-3!

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To access your Interlibrary Loan account at any time, you can use the link under ‘Your Accounts’ on our library home page. Still need more help? Stop by the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk on the first floor, or contact Interlibrary Loan directly at libraryill@boisestate.edu.

Arthur Aguilera

Library Student Assistant


Your library, Fall 2014 edition

The Boise State campus and your library have gone through many changes these past few months--from a new look in the Quad, to a new entrance to the library's Starbucks. But what about inside the library? Come check out the following: :
  • Hundreds of computers running Microsoft Office suite
  • Check out Macs and PC laptops, including netbooks & iPads
  • Access Boise State scholarship, university documents and more via ScholarWorks
  • Multiple BroncoPrint stations, including wireless printing from your laptop, including color printing
  • Access thousands of articles from our 320+ research databases, many which are mobile-friendly
  • Access the Internet from anywhere in the building on guest and BroncoWeb accounts
  • Watch online content via our streaming video databases on a wide range of subjects
  • Extensive subject guides in fields such as Public Administration, Radiologic Sciences, Kinesiology, Educational Technology and many more, via the library's subject guides
  • Thousands of eBooks to read online or download to your portable device
  • Check out headphones, portable chargers, or sweet Raspberry Pi kits
  • Group projects? Use the collaboration lab in room L109C, equipped with dual monitors and scanners
Have questions about research, campus, or anything at all? We’re available to help you via our Help page, on Facebook, and on Twitter. We're well represented on Pinterest and Instagram too. Or you can text us your questions at (208) 546-9982
 We hope you have a fantastic Fall semester!


Top Ten Places YOU Need to Know!

New to Boise State University? Don’t know where anything is? Don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of the top ten resources you should know about:

  1. Office of the Registrar: Don't know how to register for classes? Need a copy of your transcripts? The Registrar's Office is here to help! They are your one-stop shop for information about academics, graduation, or your degree requirements! See here for a list of commonly asked questions or give them a visit in Rm. 110 in the Administration Building!

  1. Financial Aid & Scholarships: Paying for college can be a confusing and frustrating process but Financial Aid is here to help! They can help you break down confusing legal language and provide Timely Tips for getting your FAFSA paperwork in on time! Check them out in Rm 113 in the Administration Building!

  1. Albertsons Library: Yours truly! The Library has access to thousands of resources ranging from a wide variety of subjects. As a student, take advantage of our many services! If you are looking for something specific for your major, check out our Subject Guides!  Best of all, the library is open from 7am-Midnight nearly each night of the semester! We’re located in the heart of the Quad and are also available 24/7 online at library.boisestate.edu!

  1. Dining Locations: Let’s face it: we all get hungry! Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or want a full course meal, Boise State has you covered no matter which side of campus you’re on. If you are near the Interactive Learning Center (ILC), check out the Bits And Bytes Food Court! Just looking for Subway? Find one of our two locations in either the Education Building or the Student Union Building! Speaking of the Student Union Building, don’t forget about the Boise River Cafe (BRC)! Open year long, this all-you-can-eat restaurant is sure to have something you want! There are also other great food/coffee places in the SUB! And of course, one cannot operate without Starbucks! Find it in Albertsons Library (another great reason to visit the library)!

  1. Testing Center: Chances are that in some point in your academic career, you will have to take an exam at the Online Testing Center.  Located on the 4th Floor of the Education Building, this department offers you plenty of resources to help you ace those exams.

  1. Career Center: Not sure what to major in? Looking for a job on or off campus? Need someone to talk to about your professional future? Head to the Career Center for answers to all these questions. Services include job searching, career planning, and one-on-one career counseling! Located near the Student Union Building across from the Rec Center.

  1. Recreation Center: Physical fitness is just as important as mental fitness! Our campus recreation center includes person instructional fitness programs, group exercises classes, personal training, and so much more! Other features of the rec center include our indoor pool, rock climbing gym, rental shop, and intramural sports teams! Ride a bike to campus? Check out the Cycle Learning Center for bike repair, rentals, and safety tips!

  1. Student Involvement & Leadership Center (SILC): Want to join a student organization on campus? Need help organizing your own student organization? ‘Get Involved’ Student Involvement & Leadership Center! Located on the second floor in the Student Union Building, this unit provides resources to help student organizations succeed.  ASBSU, Boise State's student government, is also housed here.

  1. Bookstore: Running out of school supplies? Need to buy your textbooks? The bookstore has you covered. Check out the hundreds of supplies available for nearly all majors on campus. Merchandise includes, textbooks, art supplies, apparel, discounted technology, and graduation memorabilia. Once the semester is over, make a little extra money but selling your textbooks back.

  1. Health Services: Staying healthy is extremely important while in college. That is why our Health Services department provides many services to ensure that you stay in peak condition all year long. Services include urgent care, counseling, and wellness programs (massage, anyone?). Be sure to check out their list of health topics and how to stay healthy in any situation!

There you have it! For more information on where resources are located on campus, always feel free to call Boise State’s Information Desk at 426-INFO.

Arthur Aguilera, Student Assistant at Albertsons Library


New Exhibit in Special Collections: "Looking Back at the Boise Junior College Library of the 1930s and 1940s"

 In conjunction with the library building's 50th anniversary this year, a rotating exhibit on its history will be featured in Special Collections. The first exhibit focuses on the early years of the library, with its start in 1932 when Boise Junior College was created in the depth of the Depression. The college was initially located in downtown Boise in buildings previously occupied by St. Margaret's School, a day school for girls.

The first annual report of the library, written by librarian Elizabeth R. Buehler and presented to BJC president Middleton Barnwell in June 1933, stated that the total number of volumes in the library was 2,146. The total library expenses for the year was $1384.90. The average time a student spent in the library was 3.5 hours per week. Library hours were 8am-12pm, 1pm-6pm, and 7:30pm-9pm Monday through Friday and 9am-12:30pm on Saturday. The library was staffed by one librarian and one student assistant.

With the college's purchase of the property formerly occupied by the Boise Municipal Airport in 1939, the library moved from its downtown building to the East wing of the Administration building when it was completed in 1940. It remained there until a separate library building was erected in 1964.

In preparing for the move to the Administration building, librarian Mary Bedford wrote to President Eugene Chaffee in January 1940 and requested the new facility be an "environment necessary for, and conducive to reading, study, and research."

Bedford, who served as librarian from 1937 until 1953, oversaw two significant acquisitions to the library collection. The first occurred in 1944 when former Idaho Senator Irvin E. Rockwell gifted his glass-encased private library to Boise Junior College in memory of his wife Lallah Rookh Rockwell. The dedication ceremony for the gift took place (program cover displayed here) on November 16, 1944. The volumes included in this gift are still in the library today.
The same is true of the second significant acquisition that occurred in the late 1940s. This came from the return of a Boise Junior College English professor, J. Roy Schwartz, after being in London on sabbatical leave for six months. Schwartz conducted research at several libraries in England and also purchased about 40 volumes of rare books to bring back for the library's collection. The gift included a 1669 edition of Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists with Morals and Reflexions which is housed in Special Collections today. 
The exhibit, which includes photographs, correspondence, and annual reports from the 1930s and 1940s, will be up through October.

This blog post is the fourth in a series, produced in coordination with the celebration of Albertsons Library’s 50th Anniversary.

Julia Stringfellow
Special Collections and Archives



Eddie Vedder, Sandra Bullock, Rob Lowe, Stephen Colbert, Courtney Love, Bobby Flay, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama… Albertsons Library? We were all born in 1964! Well, construction on the new building started in 1963, but the library held its first open house for the public in August, 1964. The library was not named Albertsons until 1995, after Albertsons Inc. donated six million dollars toward the library expansion and renovation. Still, we’ve decided to celebrate our Golden Anniversary this year, and you can expect a number of opportunities to join in the festivities.

To commemorate the event we’re producing a publication that will be hosted on ScholarWorks, and we welcome your contributions to that publication. If you have an anecdote, fact or photo about the library in the past fifty years, please send it to the library’s Outreach Coordinator, Elizabeth Ramsey at elizabethramsey@boisestate.edu. As part of the celebration we currently have a great photo exhibit up on the 2nd floor of the library from Special Collections, Broncos Through the Decades, and Special Collections will also be creating new exhibits monthly from the University archives.

We’ll be keeping you up-to-date on all the groovy anniversary happenings throughout our social media outlets. You can join the conversation on Twitter, where we’re using the hashtag #BoiseStLibraryat50. We’ll also be posting regularly on:

and this blog, so stay tuned! Here’s to fifty years of knowledge, growth and innovation!

This blog post is the third in a series, produced in coordination with the celebration of Albertsons Library’s 50th Anniversary.