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Criss Library will be undergoing a limited remodel that will last through approximately Mid-November. Remodeling will occur on the 1st and 2nd floor. When all the noise is finished and the dust settled Criss Library will have three new spaces for patrons to enjoy. Archives & Special Collections will have an updated space on first floor. Second floor will be home to a New Classroom and the expanded Creative Production Lab. The library will be open during construction, so please pardon this temporary inconvenience.

UNO Criss Library will be displaying entries from Through Our Words: Fifth Annual Creative Writing Contest in Spanish on the lower level from September 15 - October 1.


O Pioneers! (Kindle or ePub) Willa Cather's first great novel, is a work in which triumph is inseparably entangled with tragedy, a story of people who do not claim a land so much as they submit to it and, in the process, become greater than they were. ...Or, Herman Melville's tale of corporate discontent, Bartleby, the Scrivener (Kindle or ePub), tells the story of a quiet, hardworking legal copyist who works in an office in the Wall Street area of New York City.  One day, Bartleby declines an assignment with the inscrutable "I would prefer not," the  utterance of this remark sets off a confounding set of actions and behavior, making the unsettling character of Bartleby one of Melville's most enigmatic and unforgettable creations.




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Current / Upcoming Events & Exhibits

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Through Our Words: Fifth Annual
Creative Writing Contest in Spanish
is a unique Contest in Spanish organized across the state of Nebraska and open to all students grades 5 to 12.

The initiative receives the support of
the Department of Foreign Languages,
the College of Arts & Sciences,
the Nebraska Humanities Council,
the Mexican Consulate,
and the City of Omaha.

Each year, faculty members from UNO
visit schools in Omaha, York, Norfolk, Crete, Fremont, South Sioux City, Columbus, Schuyler, Grand Island, Blair,  and Ralston in order to promote the contest and to hold creative writing sessions in Spanish with elementary, middle, and high school students.

The initiative has been received warmly
by students and instructors alike.

It provides an occasion for many young Nebraskans to discover their talent as writers and to celebrate
the Spanish language.

This year the Contest called for short story and illustrated short story. Almost 125 works were submitted. A jury composed of 7 UNO faculty members had a very difficult task indeed!

Winning and selected entries are displayed here.


Mon-Thur 7am-12am | Fri 7am-5pm | Sat 9am-5pm | Sun 12pm-12am

All events are open to the public. UNO is an AA/EEO institution. The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information about events and exhibits or special needs assistance, please call/contact the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library at (402) 554-2640 (TTY 402-554-3799) or email Linda Riviera.


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On Display:  UNO Criss Library Osborne Family Gallery
October 6-November 15

Showcase of work done by Omaha Public School middle school students in an afterschool enrichment and career development program.  This volunteer program is teaching students STEM initiatives through hands-on experience using automotive and motorcycle mechanics, woodwork and carpentry skills, engineering and design, and basic small electrics and circuits.

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