Library News

Criss Library hours for Wednesday, November 25th will be 7:00am - 5:00pm. The library will be closed, Thursday through Saturday, November 26-28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Regular hours resume Sunday, November 29, at noon.

The University Library Friends will be holding a Book Sale November 30-December 4 on the main floor of the Library.

Paperbacks & media will be $1, and hardcover books will be $2. Proceeds from the sale benefit the UNO Criss Library via donation to the University Library friends. All book sale items are gift donations to the library.

If you attended the monthly Game Night at Criss Library, please fill out this short survey:

Criss Library recently purchased the JSTOR "full house", and UNO now has access to all fourteen Arts & Sciences collections, and the Life Science collection. The JSTOR collections stand among the most important archives of academic journals, and the "full house" brings over 2,100 additional journals to the library's JSTOR account.

As is standard with the JSTOR archives, a three-to-five year "moving wall" governs access to articles. Depending on the license negotiated with each journal publisher, articles are released into the archival collections three to five years after publication. More recent articles may be available through the library's current subscriptions, and researchers may check the All eJournals A-Z directory to confirm this. The library catalog also includes records for journal subscriptions and even many individual articles.

For more information about these new resources, please contact Jim Shaw at or (402)554-2225.


Relive the excitement of UNO Hockey in Criss Library Archives & Special Collections! UNO began its NCAA Division I hockey program in the fall of 1997. The first Maverick hockey contest was on October 17, 1997 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium – a 3-2 loss to the University of Manitoba Bisons. The display includes memorabilia from the first game including a game-worn jersey from the first Maverick to score a goal, programs, tickets, and photographs along with a signed puck, cowbell, and programs signed by the 2015 Frozen Four Mavericks Hockey team. Video clips from the game can also be viewed in the lobby of Archives & Special Collections.


For your reading enjoyment, the current issue of the library newsletter, Criss Chronicles, is available. Click here to read the latest!

On display on the 1st floor of Criss Library is the new exhibit "In Service to His Country: Chuck Hagel and Vietnam." The exhibit of photographs and memorabilia from the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives focuses on his military service in Vietnam and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The memorabilia includes a shovel used at the 1982 groundbreaking ceremony for The Wall, a replica of the Three Soldiers Statue, and certificates for his Purple Heart awards. Among the pictures are Hagel during his Vietnam tour, at The Wall in 1982, and with the other U.S. Senators who served in Vietnam.


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Government Documents

United States Government Documents and Nebraska State Documents Criss Library is a depository library for United States Government Documents and Nebraska State Documents. Government documents provide a distinctive, and sometimes unique, view of the trajectories of American life and history. The Government Documents office and collection is located on the first floor of the library.

Since 1939, the Library has been a Federal Depository Library. The collection adds about 5,000 United States physical documents each year as well as numerous links to online government resources and publications. Nebraska Documents are provided by the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC). Documents dating from the early 1970's through 2005 are available in microfiche format. Since 2005, the NLC has converted its program to electronic access now posts PDF documents to the Internet.

The Government Documents Collection is housed on the First Floor of Criss Library.

For assistance finding and using government documents, ask at the First Floor Service Desk or contact James Shaw, Government Documents Librarian, 402-554-4225, or see Government Documents Frequently Asked Questions.

Finding Government Documents

Criss Library Catalog: Both U.S. and Nebraska documents can be found by searching the Library Catalog.

U.S. Documents 

Congressional Serial Set: The primary published archive of Congressional committee reports and committee documents. The database offers access to fully scanned and searchable documents, starting from 1817, and it is projected to extend to 1980. Includes the American State Papers, which are a compilation of documents extending from 1789-1837.

Lexis-Nexis Academic: LexisNexis® Congressional provides the user with access to a comprehensive collection of congressional publications including committee hearings, House and Senate documents and reports, and legislative histories.

Westlaw Campus Research: A collection of primary and secondary legal research materials that includes federal and state case law, court rules, statutory and regulatory materials, as well as the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register.

Nebraska Documents 

State Government Publications Online: From the Nebraska Library Commission. This database provides a directory of Nebraska documents on the Internet.

Nebraska Public Documents: An online archive (1890-1940) of historical State of Nebraska documents. A joint project of the Nebraska Library Commission, Nebraska State Historical Society, Love Library at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, and Criss Library.

Collection Highlights

Executive Departments and Agencies
Congressional Documents

For Additional Information

James Shaw, Government Documents Librarian
Chris Klug, Documents Associate