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The Richard And Lila J. Jordan Library

The Richard and Lila J. Jordan Library provides books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, and online resources to support the college's academic programs and courses. The library includes group study spaces, a computer lab, the college archives, and the Foundation Conference Room. The core book collection of over 20,000 volumes is supplemented by connections to numerous electronic resources that offer access to current and archival academic journals, periodicals, and other materials. Fast, free interlibrary loan is also available. The library is open 59 hours per week, and the librarian and library staff are available for reference assistance and instruction in using information resources.

  • Eight thousand six hundred eighty-two square feet including computer, classroom, conference room, study room, and work area.
  • Over 20,000 volumes in the main collection.
  • Academic journal and periodical databases are available from the Library web page.
  • CEI library catalog on the Web shows what is in the library collection and other public libraries in the area.
  • 30 PCs in the library for student use.
  • Fast, free interlibrary loan service.
  • Photocopy Machine through page account or available for general use (10 cents per copy coin-operated).

Library Catalog

The Richard and Lila J. Jordan Library has a wide variety of research materials, including our core print collection, reference collection, periodicals, and access to electronic databases. The library is open to everyone students, faculty, and community.

Use the CEI Library catalog to search for books and other library materials in the library’s collection.


  • Books − 4 weeks
  • Periodicals − 7 days
  • Audiovisual materials − 28 days
  • Reference materials in-house only
  • Reserve materials in-house only
  • Interlibrary Loan at the discretion of the lending library

Items may be renewed for an additional loan period. If an item is lost, the borrower must pay the cost to replace the item.

Group study spaces are available for use. Rooms can be reserved for up to 3 hours. To make a reservation, please call 208-535-5312 or 208-535-5349, email or come into the library.   

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The Library Consortium of Eastern Idaho (LCEI) is a consortium of multi-type libraries serving the public of Eastern Idaho. It encourages collaboration, resource sharing, staff development, and technical innovations among its member libraries to ensure that the citizens of Eastern Idaho receive quality, up-to-date library services and have access to current, accurate information. The consortium was formerly known as Eastern Idaho Library Network (EILNet). In early 2003 the 20 libraries or Eilnet merged with the Idaho Falls, Madison, and Marshall Public Libraries, known as Eastern Idaho Libraries (EILS), to form the new consortium.

The consortium has grown in membership from 8 small public libraries to its current membership of 23 libraries, including 14 district libraries, six public libraries, three school/community libraries, and a technical college library. Member libraries serve over 230,000 Idahoans in 11 Idaho counties. The counties served are Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Caribou, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton.

Database Searches

The databases below are available on campus. If you have any questions about what is available or how research is done, please contact the library. We'll be glad to help!

Digital Library of Idaho (DLoI)

The Digital Library of Idaho is a collection of digital libraries from across the state of Idaho, providing access points to the varied historical images, documents, and other media available to the public.

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high-quality, open-access, peer-reviewed journals.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA offers access to millions of images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States.


The database includes the following: MasterFile Premiere, Vocational, and Career Collection, CINAHL,  Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, Computer Source, ERIC, Health Source, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Newspaper Source, Psychology, and Behavioral Sciences Collection, TOPICsearch, and others.

Note: to access EBSCO off-campus; please use your CEI username and password (, followed by password).


A digital library for scholars, researchers, and students.

Note: To access JSTOR off-campus, please use your CEI username and password (, followed by password).


The tools available at are brought to you by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and made possible with funding from the State of Idaho. Additional support comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Mountain West Digital Library

A central search portal for digital collections about the Mountain West region.

The Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) provides free access to over 1,000,000 resources from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, government agencies, counties, and municipalities in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Hawaii, Wyoming, and other parts of the U.S. West.


ProQuest contains some open-access materials, including all their theses and dissertations. Other materials may also be freely available, but not all. Please note that CEI does not pay for ProQuest; therefore, much of what is contained in ProQuest will not be available to CEI patrons.


The National Library of Medicine's search service provides access to more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.


Nathan Brown

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Circulation Desk

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