The government documents collection serves the informational needs of the citizens of eastern Idaho. It is one of the depository libraries designated to receive publications from the United States government as well as from the State of Idaho. It has a large collection of U.S. documents and a medium sized collection of Idaho documents. The collection also includes a large collection of purchased United Nations publications.
United States Government Publications
The Library has been a U.S. government documents depository library since 1908. The U.S. documents are available in various formats: paper, microfiche, CD-ROM, DVD, computer diskettes, Internet, etc. Tangible format U.S. documents are arranged in a separate collection and use the Superintendent of Documents Classification System (SuDoc) to arrange them on the shelves. The collection is housed on the Third Floor with reference items on the First Floor. Research assistance is provided at the main Reference Desk or with the Government Documents Librarian on a drop-in basis or by appointment.
All documents that are currently received are located in the LIBRARY CATALOG as are most documents received since 1976. However, many publications issued before July 1976 have not been cataloged yet. The Documents Librarian or the Reference Desk staff can recommend the best way to find both current and historical government information. In the LIBRARY CATALOG , use the "Easy Limits" to search only the U.S. Government Documents Collection. For other limits use "Go To Limits". Set limit to Documents-U.S. or Internet (includes Government Documents) for a different sort.
Search: LIBRARY CATALOG Location: US Documents (3rd Floor)
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) -- The ERIC collection consists of over 483,000 titles in the field of education. Beginning in 1966, the book titles that were indexed by the Center were sold to libraries on microfiche. The Library purchased the fiche collection until its production ceased in 2005. The ERIC cabinets contain over 483,000 ERIC Documents (ED) microfiche, dating from 1966 through 2005. The publication of ERIC documents continue in electronic format and can be found by using the ERIC database (accessed below). The Center also indexes journal articles (EJ), many of which are housed in the Oboler Library's periodical collection.
Idaho Government Publications
The Library has been an Idaho depository library since 1972. Its collection consists of publications received on deposit or directly through the mail, plus a collection purchased from the Center of Research Libraries (CRL). Documents are available in various formats with paper being the predominant one. Some newer publications are available on the Internet. The publications are shelved in a separate collection on the Third Floor using the Library of Congress classification system. Reference items are on the First Floor. All cataloged Idaho documents are located in the LIBRARY CATALOG. To limit your search to only those items in the collection choose "Go to Limits" and setting a limit of Documents-Idaho.
Search: LIBRARY CATALOG location: Idaho Documents (3rd Floor); ask at the First Floor Reference Desk for assistance
United Nations Publications
The work of the United Nations requires that there be the publication of a large body of information dealing with many countries throughout the world. The Library purchases most of the U.N. sales publications and all of its Official records through standing orders. The collection has been merged into the main collection on the Second Floor and is cataloged by the Library of Congress classification system. Reference items are on the First Floor. To limit your search results to those items published by the United Nations, using the phrase "United Nations" in your keyword search for your topic of interest in the LIBRARY CATALOG will narrow your search results.
Search: LIBRARY CATALOG location: Main Book Collection (2nd Floor)