The Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library

The recently remodeled Criss Library is centrally located on the UNO campus, and offers services and facilities for study, teaching, collaboration and research, including high tech group study rooms equipped with wide-screen monitors and whiteboards, four classroom labs, graduate study carrels and individual study rooms. Additional amenities include: a beautiful outdoor garden patio; café; theater room equipped with a Blu-ray disc player, surround sound, HD projector, 110 in. screen, cable TV, iPod docking station, and PC; and the H. Don and Connie Osborne Art Gallery.

The library’s collection encompasses over 800,000 volumes; 62,000 journal and newspaper subscriptions; 450,000 government documents; 1,800,000 microforms and other media including VHS, DVD, and CD’s. Back issues of periodicals in bound volumes and in microform are maintained. As a partial government documents depository, the Criss Library collects federal and Nebraska state publications. Nearly all of the library’s collection is on open shelves and is arranged according to the Library of Congress classification system. The Criss Library’s Special Collections include Senator Chuck Hagel’s archives, a world-renowned Afghanistan collection and the University Archives. Most of the Library’s holdings are accessible through an online catalog located on the library’s website.

UNO students, faculty and staff may check out materials with their UNO ID card at any of the four University of Nebraska campuses. A reciprocal borrowing agreement allows anyone with a UNO ID to check out materials from 41 other Nebraska college and university libraries. Community users may join the Friends of the Library group for a small annual fee which gives members borrowing and Interlibrary Loan privileges. Additional media items available for checkout are: DVD cameras, video cameras, Flip cameras, tripods, audio recorders, laptops, netbooks, Kindles and iPads.

Assistance is available to help students and faculty utilize the collection. Reference librarians are available via text messaging, chat, phone, email, and face-to-face to answer questions. In addition, librarians are available to assist with individual research, and teach classes on the use of the library for research in general or in specific subject areas. Each librarian serves as a liaison to one or more departments in his/her area of subject expertise. Assistance is available for government documents, reserve materials, and microform materials and equipment. When needed material is not available in the Criss Library collection, Interlibrary Loan can borrow it from other libraries for UNO students and faculty.

The Criss Library is open 98 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Slightly shorter hours are observed during the summer and intercessions. Copiers, printers, scanners, and a total of 95 computers are available on the first and second floors of the library. For additional information, visit library.unomaha.edu, which is also available on mobile devices.