Information and Research Help

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Reference Services

The library can be a confusing place. If you ever need help figuring out how to best use our many resources, feel free to contact our reference librarians by chat, text, email or appointment. You can also meet a subject librarian for a research consultation by making an appointment. Our website also offers research guides for DIY help, check our Getting Started on Research in the Library guide for tips!

Reference and Information Desk

The Reference and Information Desk is the place to ask any questions about using the library and conducting research. Please don't hesitate to get in touch via Chat, Email ( ), or Text ( 208-449-0841 )! The desk is staffed by professional librarians ready and eager to help you with your queries. Meetings with a librarian are also available by appointment during regular hours, please email to set up a time.

Chat Email: Text: 208-449-0841 Reference and Information Desk Hours

Research Assistance

Students, faculty, and staff can schedule an appointment with a librarian for assistance in finding articles, books, websites, and other resources for research papers and projects, creating effective research strategies, and managing citations.

Faculty can also get help with integrating information resources into specific courses and designing effective library-based course assignments.

Research Assistance Appointments

If you have questions, please contact the Reference and Information Desk

Subject Liaisons

Each U of I College has a librarian assigned as a subject liaison. Liaisons perform several functions, including teaching subject-specific classes, working with faculty to create research assignments, conducting one-on-one research sessions, and selecting and purchasing materials for the library.

Find your Liaison

Off-Campus Access

Patrons are able to gain off-campus access to almost all of the library's online resources by using their University Net ID and Password.

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