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Criss Library is piloting extended hours for prep and finals week this semester. "We are pleased to offer students this additional time, said Steve Shorb, Dean of Libraries."  The library will stay open until 1 am Monday-Thursday during prep week and Sunday-Wednesday during finals week to allow UNO students additional research and study hours. Extended library dates are:

  • Monday-Thursday, April 28-May 1                7 am-1 am
  • Sunday, May 4:                                               Noon-1 am
  • Monday-Wednesday, May 5-7:                      7 am-1 am      
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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