Check Out Our Stuff!!

The library will lend you more than just books!

We also will lend you devices and other technology!

Come to the Circulation Desk on the first floor to check out:

  • iPads
  • Netbooks
  • Laptops (Mac and Dell)
  • USB Cords
  • Chargers for your phone, laptop, and other devices
  • Mice
  • Headphones


Welcome to the Albertsons Library!

Welcome to the Albertsons Library! Here are a few of the things available to you to make your visit to the library a fun, research-handy place:
  • Access thousands of articles from journals and magazines from the A-Z list of databases. You will find that more and more of our databases are mobile-friendly, too.
  • Bring your laptop or mobile device--the whole building is Wi-Fi enabled.
  • There are over 110 computers with Microsoft Office 2010, Mac and PC laptops and notebooks for checkout.
  • Scanners, microform readers, and multiple BroncoPrint stations in the first and second floors--all wired to include wireless printing from your laptop.
  • Access library resources from your portable device via our our mobile-friendly website.
  • Check out iPads at the Circulation desk, each with tons of helpful apps.
  • A growing collection of streaming video and music databases on a wide range of subjects--watch online or on your portable device. 
  • Find an extensive list of subject guides via the library's LibGuides system.
  • A variety of digital collections from the university's Special Collections and Archives.
  • Check out the scholarly output of the university via ScholarWorks.
  • Access a growing eBook collection which you can read books online or download to your portable device.
  • Find library hours at our nifty calendar page at http://library.boisestate.edu/about/hours.php
Have questions about research, campus, or anything at all? We’re available to help you via our reference chat, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Or you can text us your questions at (208) 546-9982.

Have a great semester!


Martin Luther King Jr. - Idaho Human Rights Day

On Monday, January 21, the entire Boise State Campus will be closed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. Twenty three years ago, on January 15, 1990, over 700 Boise State students rallied in support of Idaho’s recognition of this holiday.

January 15, 1990 MLK Day rally

Boise State student leader Eric Love worked with University President Dr. John Keiser to coordinate a new committee to plan events for MLK Day for the Boise State community. From that spurred the MLK Living Legacy Committee, which is alive and well today. Read articles from the 1990 rally from the digital collection of student newspapers available through Scholarworks.

January 15, 1990 MLK Day rally

This committee plans the MLK Living Legacy event every year. This year’s celebration starts at 9:00 on January 21 with poster making and a march to the Capitol at 10:40am. For more information visit their website http://mlk.boisestate.edu/

January 15, 1990 MLK Day rally

For more information on the history of Idaho’s recognition and creation of the Martin Luther King Jr./Idaho Human Rights Day, see Dr. Jill Gill’s recent article in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, ”Idaho’s ‘Aryan’ Education: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and Racial Politics.” Vol. 102, Number 4 (Fall 2011) - available in the print collection.

Jim Duran,
Special Collections and Archives


Family Caregiver Conference at Boise State

Boise State University is hosting the Family Caregiver Conference on Saturday, January 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union.

his educational opportunity is aimed for family caregivers and anyone interested in receiving the latest information about caregiving.

The conference will also identify community resources to help meet the needs of caregivers and care recipients.

Family Caregiver Conference
8am – 2pm
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Boise State University, Student Union
Boise, Idaho
$15 (includes lunch, community resource expo, and parking)
For more information or to register for this event, call 208- 333-1363 or visit the Friends in Action website at http://www.fiaboise.org/. Please register by January 24, 2013.

Specialized gerontology resources including caregiving resources are also available at the Albertsons Library in the Gerontology Guide and the Top Gerontology Resources Guide.

Marilia Antunez,
Reference Librarian


Photos from Robert Limbert Collection now online

Robert Limbert with a horse and saddle.
MSS 080 Robert W. Limbert Papers Photo # 11032
Author, explorer, guide, lecturer and taxidermist Robert W. Limbert wrote about and photographed his explorations of the Idaho wilderness and traveled the country giving talks about his adventures.

His photographs and papers are preserved in the Archives and Special Collections Department of Albertsons Library at Boise State University.  An online collection of 250 digital items is now freely available to researchers at Albertsons Library Digital Collections at http://digital.boisestate.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/Limbert.

Robert W. Limbert was born in 1885 and raised by his adoptive family in Omaha, Nebraska. He worked for the Smithsonian Institution as a field naturalist for two years before moving to Boise, Idaho, in 1911 to enter the taxidermy business.

In 1915, he designed Idaho's medal award-winning exhibition for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and there are several pictures of this exhibition in the collection.  

A few years later he began writing about Idaho's scenery and wildlife for newspapers and magazines, including National Geographic. In 1921, after several preliminary visits, he led an exploring party into the vast lava fields of south-central Idaho; the resulting article in the National Geographic brought this little-known area to the attention of the nation and led to its designation as the Craters of the Moon National Monument .

Mrs. Margaret Limbert (Robert Limert’s wife) skiing through the Sawtooth Wilderness. 
MSS 080 Robert W. Limbert Papers Photo #24
Limbert also searched for and found Native American petroglyphs along the Snake River, explored the inaccessible Bruneau River region, and travelled throughout the Sawtooth Mountains, naming the then uncharted mountains and lakes.

During the 1920s he and his family moved to the Sawtooths, where he worked as a hunting and fishing guide, later establishing Redfish Lake Lodge, which is still a popular Idaho resort.  Limbert died in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1933, returning from a speaking tour in the East.

Photograph of a grizzly bear taken by Robert Limbert. He then hand-colored the
photograph and sold copies as postcards. 
MSS 080 Robert W. Limbert Papers Photo # 13042

In addition to the 500 images that are online, Boise State University Albertsons Library Archives and Special Collections also holds 15 linear feet of paper material Guide to the Robert W. Limbert Papers, including his newspaper clippings and other writings, a taxidermy sketch book, and other related ephemera.  In 2005 Steve Wursta created a documentary titled Among the Craters of the Moon:  the life and adventures of Robert W. Limbert.

Kent Randell,
Assistant Professor/Librarian/Archivist