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ALERT: UNO Criss Library & the Library Café schedule changes for Fall Break.

The Library Café will be open Mon., October 20th & Tues., October 21st from 10:00am until 2:00pm of Fall Break. During this time, service is available in Milo Bail Student Center Food Court.

UNO Criss Library hours for Monday, October 20 and Tuesday, October 21, will be open from 7:00am until 9:00pm.

Kanopy Trial

Criss Library is conducting a trial of Kanopy Streaming Service October 14 through November 14, 2014. Submit a Feedback Form to provide feedback regarding this product. Kanopy offers a broad selection of over 26,000 streaming films and documentaries from 800 producers, including Media Education Foundation, Criterion Collection, PBS, California Newsreel, HBO, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, BBC, Documentary Educational Resources, Roland Collection, MVD, Seventh Art, Psychotherapy. net, Symptom Media, and many more. For further information, please contact the trial coordinator: Rene Erlandson

American Archives Month

American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month and Criss Library’s Archives & Special Collections is marking the occasion with new exhibits, online access to finding aids for collections, and more throughout the month. To search or browse Archives & Special Collections’ finding aids visit Contact Archives & Special Collections at for more information or to discuss your research project.

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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.


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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Government Documents Frequently Asked Questions

United States Government Documents and Nebraska State DocumentsCan anyone use the government documents?

Yes. Criss Library welcomes any and all to the Government Documents Collections. The documents are kept on public shelves or in self-service cabinets, and they are available whenever the library is open. The documents librarian and staff are happy to provide assistance, but researchers may browse and work on their own.

May I check out documents from the library?

Yes. Borrowing privileges for government documents parallel those for other library materials. Most U.S. and Nebraska documents may be checked out for 28 days. CD-ROMs and DVDs may be checked out for 14 days. Exceptions include several collections which are treated as archival or reference works; for example, the Congressional Serial Set, the Congressional Record, and the decennial census reports must be used within the library. Photocopiers and microform scanners are readily available.

Does the library participate in Interlibrary Loan for government documents?

Yes. Our general policy is to lend government documents to libraries in Nebraska. Researchers outside Nebraska should first consult depository libraries in their state. If these libraries cannot provide the necessary assistance, we will be happy to help as best we can, and we have responded to requests from as far away as Orange County, California, and Ithaca, New York. Researchers may consult the directory of the Federal Depository Library Program to identify nearby depository libraries.

Does Criss Library receive copies of all U.S. government documents?

No. We are a selective depository library, which means that we receive documents distributed among various categories defined by the Federal Depository Library Program. We currently select 60% of the 8,000 categories offered to depository libraries, which brings us about 5,000 documents each year.

Most of the 1,200 Federal depository libraries are selective, while 53 libraries have been designated as regional depositories. These libraries receive the documents distributed among all the categories, and they provide reference and interlibrary loan support to the selective depositories. Love Library at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln serves as the regional depository library for Nebraska.

Does Criss Library have city and county documents?

Yes, but city and county documents are cataloged and shelved with the general book collection. Neither the Nebraska statutes nor city or county ordinances require that local governments send documents to libraries. As a consequence, we manage to collect local documents in a rather hit or miss fashion. Researchers may search the library catalog using city or county names as authors; for example, enter Omaha (Neb.) or Douglas County as author searches. The Douglas County Historical Society and the W. Dale Clark Library (downtown branch of the Omaha Public Library) both hold significant collections of local government documents.

Is Criss Library a depository for the United Nations or other international organizations?

No, but Love Library at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln collects documents from the United Nations and the Organization of American States. We recommend two Internet directories compiled by the Northwestern University Library, which link to the websites of foreign governments and international organizations.

Does Criss Library have U.S.G.S. topographic maps or aerial photographs?

Yes, and No. We currently select 7.5 minute topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey for Nebraska and Iowa. The library also retains collections of these maps for Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Wyoming. However, the USGS has largely dismantled its 7.5 minute mapping program, and only rarely does it distribute new or revised maps in this series. The W. Dale Clark Library (downtown branch of the Omaha Public Library) has strong collections of the 7.5 minute maps from all fifty states.

Criss Library does not own a collection of aerial photographs. We recommend that researchers explore the USGS online store, which offers many maps and other publications at very reasonable prices compared to many commercial vendors.

Can I find patent or trademark documents at Criss Library?

No. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) sponsors a depository library program entirely separate from that of the U.S. Government Printing Office, and the Engineering Library at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln serves as the USPTO depository for Nebraska. The USPTO makes many documents freely available through its website, and we also recommend the free patent database offered by Google.

Does Criss Library have an extensive legal collection?

Yes, and No. The University of Nebraska at Omaha does not have a law school, so our legal holdings are limited to a few key reference sources. We own the U.S. and Nebraska statutes and codes, and we have United States Reports ,Nebraska Reports, and Nebraska Appellate Reports. We also have the current year of the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register.

However, we subscribe to three commercial databases, which taken together are roughly equivalent to the reference and periodicals collections of a major law library: Lexis-Nexis Academic, Westlaw Campus Research, and Hein Online. These databases encompass codes and statutes for the Federal government and all fifty states; published decisions of Federal courts and the courts of all fifty states; and articles published in several hundred law review journals.