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.


Collaborative spaces include 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; the H. Don and Connie Osborne Art Gallery; and the new Creative Production Lab complete with 3D printing, green screen, whisper booth, and numerous software choices for multi-media production.


The library’s collection encompasses over 800,000 print volumes; 460,000 E-books; 62,000 journal and newspaper subscriptions; 450,000 government documents; and media in DVD, CD and online streaming formats. As a partial government documents depository, the Criss Library collects federal and Nebraska state publications. Material not available in the Criss Library collection can be borrowed from other libraries via the Interlibrary Loan system ILLIAD.


The library’s collection is on open shelves and is arranged according to the Library of Congress classification system. The library’s Special Collections include Senator Chuck Hagel’s archives, a world-renowned Afghanistan collection, University Archives, and the Barbara A. Holland collection for Service Learning and Community Engagement.


The Library’s holdings are accessible through 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 as well as 41 other Nebraska college and university libraries. Additional media items available for checkout are: video cameras, tripods, audio recorders, laptops, 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 and assist with research. In addition, librarians are available to teach classes on the use of the library.


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 nearly 200 computers are available for student use on the first and second floors of the library, group study rooms and four classrooms. For additional information, visit