Library Updates and News

Main Street Video Project Launch

Updated: Apr 5th, 2024

Join us at the Kenworthy Theatre in April for the launch of the Main Street Video project, an oral history exploration of the last video store in Moscow!

The Moscow Film Society and University of Idaho Library will present the Main Street Video Staff Picks series, featuring three films that reflect the video store’s iconic employee-curated shelf:

Be sure to visit the new Main Street Video digital collection to explore the oral histories and essays!

New Read and Publish Agreement

Updated: Mar 29th, 2024

The U of I Library has entered into a new Publish and Read agreement with Springer/Nature as a member of Lyrasis. This means that in addition to accessing over 4100 Springer journals, 7 Nature titles, and Scientific American, U of I researchers will now enjoy free open access publishing in eligible publications.

Visit our Transformative Publishing Agreements page to learn more.

New Course Marking Initiative

Updated: Mar 27th, 2024

Since early 2023, the Open Campus Committee has been focused on an exciting new development that promises to help students make informed choices about their class materials costs. Course materials cost marking is the practice of applying a label or other easily identifiable and searchable facet to classes listed in the class schedule. Starting Summer 2024, students will be able to easily browse Zero and Very Low Cost ($30 or less) classes in the class schedule.

In addition to being an important part of the State Board of Education’s requirements as set forth in 2021’s Instructional Materials Access and Affordability Policy, we are excited for how course marking can help make college costs more affordable and transparent for our Vandals. According to a 2023 study conducted here at the University of Idaho, 60% of undergraduates reported difficulty affording basic living expenses and 47% reported not purchasing a required text because they could not afford it. In national research, open materials have been shown to improve drop, fail, and withdraw rates, with particular benefits noted for Pell Grant and first generation students.

The Library has developed several new digital tools to support faculty in utilizing the new course cost marking system:

  • The course cost checking tool is an interactive website that can help you determine if your materials qualify for the Zero or Very Low Cost labels
  • The Open at the University of Idaho pressbook lays out on overall view of the open programs and activity supported on campus by the library
  • A FAQ with commonly asked questions
  • Workflows and guidance for course schedulers

We are very pleased to announce that University of Idaho’s very first Zero and Very Low Cost courses are now marked in the course schedule for summer and fall 2024! If you think your class might be eligible, reach out to your department scheduler or contact Open Education Librarian Marco Seiferle-Valencia at for more information.

New Oral History Collection Featuring Asian American Families in Idaho

Updated: Feb 15th, 2024

The newly released Other Faces, Other Lives digital collection features materials produced for Other Faces, Other Lives: Asian Americans in Idaho, an oral history project that interviewed Asian American families in 1987-1990 about their lives and experiences in Idaho. The online collection contains the full documentary film, a variety of oral history recordings, video excerpts, and documents relating the production.

The original project was sponsored by the Palouse Asian American Association of Moscow/Pullman and a grant from the Ethnic Heritage Committee of the Idaho Centennial Commission in 1987. The interviews cover how their families moved to Idaho, their experiences of being Asian Americans in Idaho, if they faced discrimination or prejudice, questions regarding their cultural identities, and changes they see to the Asian American experience in Idaho.

Support for the digitization of these interviews was provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) through the Recordings at Risk program. The University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives received a grant through this program to support the project Unheard Voices: Digitizing the Oral Histories of Underrepresented Communities in Idaho.

Digital Collections Migration

Updated: Feb 1st, 2024

Warning: Digital Collections work in progress!

Behind the scenes we are migrating our digital repository system to bring better performance and comprehensive search to our unique collections. You will be seeing improved collection sites deployed already–however, some links pointing to our old repository platform (containing may be broken and centralized search will not available until our migration is complete.

Please excuse any disruptions through March 2024 as we complete this process!

If you have broken links to, visit our CONTENTdm Migration Reference site to find current locations.

Updated Games Collection!

Updated: Jan 9th, 2024

Did you know you can check out board games from the Library? Explore your options in our updated Board Game Collection website!

The Library’s board game collection provides access to a wide range of classic and modern games for the benefit of the campus community. Check out our games to test your critical thinking, up your collaboration, relieve stress, and just have some fun!