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On display on the first floor of Criss Library is the new exhibit, "The Architectural Studies of H. A. Raapke," featuring works produced during H. A. Raapke's student years, circa 1899-1907. Many of these drawings were part of his coursework for two schools in Paris: Altier Préparatoire D'Architecture and École Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

Sixteen of Raapke's original drawings are on display in the windows of the Archives and Special Collections area of Criss Library. The exhibit will run through the end of April 2016. All 59 extant drawings in the library's collection may be viewed in the Criss Library Online Exhibit space at

On display in Archives and Special Collections at Criss Library is Charles Timothy Hagel: A Life in Photographs, a biographical exhibit spanning the life of U.S. Secretary of Defense and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. A more in-depth version of the exhibit with some different photographs can be viewed online at:

This exhibit coincides with the opening of the first portion of the U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel Archives to the community. Researchers may now browse and search inventories of Hagel Photographs, Artifacts, Grant Files, and Schedules in the Archives and Speical Collections database at

Game Night at Criss Library will be onFebruary 21 from 6-9pm! Game Night will continue on the 3rd Sunday of each month throughout the rest of the semester! Bring your own board games, or use ours. Everyone is welcome, so mark your calendars, and bring a friend! If you have questions, contact Claire Chamley at

International bestselling author of The Forgotten Girls, Sara Blaedel, will visit Omaha on her U.S. tour for her new book The Killing Forest with an event co-sponsored by UNO Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and the Danish American Archive & Library. Blaedel will speak at UNO's Criss Library on Saturday, February 6th at 1pm. Light refreshments will be served. Sara Blaedel is the author of nine bestselling crime fiction novels published in twenty three countries, translated into over thirteen languages, and optioned for film rights.

Blaedel's latest thriller The Killing Forest takes readers on a journey back through detective Louise Rick’s past as she reconnects with the principal investigator at the Hobaek Police Department, her former in-laws, a fanatic religious cult, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she navigates through the small town’s cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken, and dangerous secrets. The book is full of fascinating details about ancient Nordic religions.

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.


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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.