The David O. McKay Library’s collections number nearly one-half million items including books, periodicals, government publications, microforms and other media.  These collections are enhanced by a large number of online databases that offer access to thousands of electronic books and full-text journal articles.  Items not available in the library may be requested through interlibrary loan and received within a few days from other libraries around the nation. 


The library maintains more than 500 computer work stations with access to research materials, the Internet and e-mail, and with production tools such as word processing and spread sheets.  Seating for approximately 1200 users, including study carrels, tables and group study rooms, is available throughout the building.


The Family History Center is fully automated with skilled assistants and knowledgeable instructors to help students with their Family History research needs.


Library personnel, including faculty, staff and student assistants, are anxious to help patrons locate and use materials.  Library orientation is offered online as part of campus Pre-Orientation Class GS 104, via walking tours that begin at the reference desk near the southeast entrance and by frequent showings of the entertaining and informative video “Don’t Get Caught in the Web,” that explains the research process and shows students how they can best use the myriad resources available to them.  Librarians also teach a one credit Library Research Class each block. 


Students, faculty and staff use their BYU-Idaho ID card to check out books.  Off- campus patrons may purchase a library card that will allow them to check out materials. 


Additional information is available at the library website,