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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Disability Services

The library is committed to providing full access to library materials for all patrons. The library maintains a close relationship with UNO Disability Services and works closely with library patrons, University agencies and others in order to accommodate the needs of our disabled users. The library will strive to accommodate any patron who requests assistance because of disability or impairment and who is not adequately served by the existing access technologies or policies of the library.

Books and Periodical Stacks

Portions of the books and periodical stacks (shelves) may not be accessible to all mobility impaired or disabled patrons. Library staff will provide assistance to these patrons to obtain their materials through a retrieval service.

Patrons requiring the service should provide complete call numbers for the items needed to the Main Service Desk on the main floor of the library in person. Telephone requests will not be accepted. Staff will then pull the requested materials from the shelves as quickly as possible. Normally, requests require only a few minutes to fill. However, staff availability and work load can occasionally cause delays.

At times, patrons may wish to "browse" certain call number areas of the stacks. These requests may require some assistance and a longer response time. Please contact the Main Service Desk at 402-554-3206 to schedule browsing and to ensure correct materials are made available.

Omaha World-Herald Access for the Visually Impaired

The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired provide Newsline, a service that uses phone lines to access newspapers through synthetic speech. Qualifying individuals with touch-tone telephones can access Newsline through a toll-free number. Other newspapers are also available. To subscribe, contact the Talking Book and Braille Service at 402-471-4038 or 800-742-7691 or by e-mail at The Nebraska Library Commission also makes available a talking book service.

Clearview System

The Clearview System will enlarge and enhance any print material. It includes a writing surface. It is located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area, immediately next to the Zoom Text machine. The Clearview System is easy to use and library staff will demonstrate its operation on request.


A computer screen enlargement and enhancement program (ZoomText) is available for all standard library applications. The ZoomText workstation is located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area. Library personnel will provide training on request to library patrons unfamiliar with this technology. A trackball mouse is available for this station.

JAWS Software

JAWS screen reading software is available on a workstation located in the 2nd floor computer lab, north side, near the SCOLA area, one row east of the ZoomText workstation. A scanner is available to scan text materials for use with JAWS, and headphones can be checked out at the Main Service Desk which is also on the main floor.

Photocopy Equipment

A photocopy/ print machine modified to assist patrons who are unable to use conventional height copiers is available on the second floor of the library in the print center just east of the Main Service Desk. Main Service Desk staff will assist patrons upon request. Wheelchair accessible microform copier/readers are available east of the microfilm filing cabinets on first floor.

Building Services

  • Restrooms and drinking fountains are accessible.
  • Assisted entry and exit doors are located at the main entrance.
  • Study rooms are available to patrons who require readers, note takers or other persons to assist them with study and research and who need a space that permits conversation.
  • Study tables with wheelchair cutouts are located in the main seating area on each floor.
  • Two elevators are available on each floor. One on the southeast end next to the restrooms and the other on the northwest end near the Kahn additon.

Disability Services Contacts

Library services, materials and equipment designed to serve disabled patrons are constantly changing. Please contact the library with any questions or if you become aware of access needs that are not addressed by current services or technologies.

Library Administrative Office, Main Floor
Library liaison and contact for all accommodation requests, unmet service needs, information, problem resolution.
Telephone: (402) 554-2640

Main Service Desk, Main Floor
In-person paging requests, assistance or training for adaptive technology equipment.
Telphone: (402) 554-3206

Reference Desk, First Floor
Assistance or training in using Library adaptive technology equipment.
Telephone: (402) 554-2661

UNO Disability Services
Campus-wide information and assistance.
Eppley Administration Building, Room 117
Telephone: (402) 554-2409
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