Borrow/Renew

Library Account

Log into your Library Account (using your University of Idaho username and password) to:

  • Renew materials, review your loans, and make Summit requests online
  • Access library databases from anywhere in the world
  • Use Interlibrary Loan and view your pending ILL requests
  • Use "Request" link on physical items to set up "Curbside Pick Up". You'll receive an email when your item is ready, with a link to reserve a pick up time slot during open hours, Monday to Friday (contact libcirc@uidaho.edu with questions!).

Offline, use your Vandal Card to check out and renew Books, DVDs, and other materials from the library


Library Account Policies

How do I get a library card?

Library Cards for Students, Faculty, and Staff

Your Idaho Vandal ID card can be used as your library card to check out materials as well as to access your interlibrary loan account and other online materials.

If you have a valid University of Idaho network username and password, you will also be able to access databases like JSTOR, Web of Science and Academic Search Premier from off campus by using your University of Idaho username and password.

Preferred Name: the Library circulation system used to check in and out materials can be updated to include a preferred name. Patrons interested in changing the name used on this system should inquire at the circulation desk or email libcirc@uidaho.edu. Please note campus systems that use the U of I single sign-on system will still display the legally registered name for your account.

Guest Library Cards

Guest privileges are available to:

  • Idaho residents with photo ID (residents under 18 years old must have parent or guardian willing to establish a parent/child account)
  • WSU faculty, staff, and students with WSU ID
  • Summit Library members, who may use their home library's card

Guests may borrow books, DVDs and other library materials. If you are not actively affiliated with the university, you will not have remote access to most electronic resources or to some library-specific services.


Loan Periods

Generally, cardholders can borrow an unlimited number of items. Loan periods will vary depending on your status and the type of material being borrowed.

LOAN PERIODS FOR BOOKS IN THE UI MAIN STACKS
Status Loan Period Renewals Special Notes
Undergraduates; Guest Patrons 6 weeks Yes After a two-week loan period, all books can be recalled for use by others.
Faculty; Staff; Graduate Students 120 days Two renewals allotted during a single loan period Does not include Browsing books, A/V
LOAN PERIODS FOR OTHER MATERIALS IN THE UI MAIN STACKS
Type of Material Loan Period Renewals
Browsing Books 6 weeks no renewals
Board Games 3 days 1 renewal
CDs/DVDs/LPs 2 weeks no renewals
US Government Documents 6 weeks no renewals
Magazines and Journals library use only (1 day loan by special arrangement only) no renewals
Microfilm/microfiche library use only no renewals
Newspapers library use only no renewals
Reference Books/Maps/Atlases library use only no renewals
LOAN PERIODS FOR SUMMIT MATERIALS (NOT AVAILABLE TO GUESTS)
Type of Material Loan Period Renewals
Summit Books 6 weeks 1 renewal
Summit DVDs/CDs 6 days 1 renewal
LOAN PERIODS FOR INTERLIBRARY LOAN MATERIALS (NOT AVAILABLE TO GUESTS)
Type of Material Loan Period Renewals Special Notes
ILL Books 4 weeks on average (see note) 2 weeks on average (unless the lending library denies the renewal) Due dates and renewals are set by the lending institution, so loan periods may vary.
ILL DVDs/CDs 2 weeks on average (see note) 2 weeks on average (unless the lending library denies the renewal) Due dates and renewals are set by the lending institution, so loan periods may vary.
LOAN PERIODS FOR UI LIBRARY MULTIMEDIA (NOT AVAILABLE TO GUESTS)
Item Loan Period Fine Rate Replacement Cost
Portable Green Screen 24 hours $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour $110
Portable Light Kit 24 hours $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour $140
Canon Vixia G20, circulating 24 hours $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour $700
Canon Vixia G20, permanent hold 3 hours in-library $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour $700
GoPro Hero 24 hours $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour $300
Tripod 24 hours Included in kit $25
TASCAM Field Recorder 24 hours $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour $100
External Hard Drive 24 hours $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour $60
32 GB microSD Card 24 hours Included in kit
SM57 Microphone 24 hours $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour $100
Microphone stand 24 hours Included in kit $20
Miscellaneous accessories 24 hours $10/hour 1st 3 hours; $2/hour each additional hour Priced individually

Fines

The library no longer collects late fees or fines for items in our general collection as part of our commitment to equitable access to information and student affordability.

Some items in the library, such as print Course Reserves or U of I Multimedia equipment, are exceptions to this policy and will continue to accrue late fees. In addition, the library will continue assessing lost item fees to patrons. Items move into lost status when they have not been returned 15 days after the assigned due date, at which time patrons are charged a $100 fee ($80 replacement item cost and $20 processing fee).

If you have questions about which items have late fees and which don't, or want to supply your own replacement copy, please contact our Access Services/Circulation Desk at 208-885-6559 and we'd be happy to assist you.


Renewing Library Materials

Three options available for renewing:

  • Online at Your Library Account, where you can also see what items are checked out to you and when they are due
  • By telephone at (208) 885-6559
  • In person at the Circulation Desk (1st floor)

To better ensure equal opportunity to use the library's physical items for the entire U of I community, checked out items may be renewed twice upon request, then must be physically returned to the Circulation Desk to be checked in. If the item is not otherwise requested or recalled, then it may be checked out again.