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Free Books for Idaho Libraries

Monday, March 08, 2021 1:58 PM | Cresta Craner (Administrator)

If you would like high-quality, free books on Idaho for your library, please continue reading!  

Hal Bunderson is a former businessman and Idaho State Senator and a community leader. He is an old friend of Idaho’s libraries as well as the 2002 recipient of ILA's Legislator of the Year award. Because of his support of Idaho libraries and education, he is offering to donate books to any interested Idaho libraries. The books on offer are listed below followed by instructions on how to opt-in. 

You may look inside the books on Amazon through the links below or on the Ridenbaugh Press website at Hal will purchase the books from Ridenbaugh Press which will ship the books that you order directly to library address you provide with your order. Hal is covering 100% of the cost of the books and shipping. There is no cost at all to your library.  

Idaho Entrepreneurs (2nd edition, hardcover)

Idaho’s 200 Cities: The North (hardcover)

Idaho’s 200 Cities: The Southwest (hardcover)

Idaho's 200 Cities: The East (hardcover)

Idaho’s 200 Cities: The North Trivia (softcover only) 

Idaho’s 200 Cities: The Southwest Trivia (softcover only) 

Idaho’s 200 Cities: The East Trivia (only softcover only)

These books tell Idaho’s history through the stories of each of Idaho’s 200 cities and some of Idaho’s great entrepreneurs. Hal led a group of volunteer researchers and historians from around the state in compiling the Idaho Cities books and wrote Idaho Entrepreneurs himself. ​From the time of their publication, the royalties from the sale of Idaho’s 200 Cities books have gone to the Association of Idaho Cities while the royalties from Idaho Entrepreneurs support a Boise State University endowed scholarship fund. Hal is making this donation as he feels that his gift will directly benefit the institutions he loves: libraries, cities, and education.

Please click here to fill out a form to request your books. Please submit only one request per library. You may request any or all of the seven titles available; please note that the form requires you to rank your requests in order of preference. You may request only one copy of each title, but you may request all seven titles. This gift is limited to titles that you will make accessible to your library patrons.

Please submit your completed form by April 10, 2021. ​Your library should receive its books about four weeks later. ​If you have any questions, please email me at You may also find this same information under news on the ILA website  


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