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Everyone needs to create their online library account in order to gain access to ebooks, databases, and, of course, renew or request items. The first time you use your account, you will need to create a password. Your NU ID number is the 8-digit number on your MavCard. To find out more information on how to create an account click "How to Create a Library Account" to take a self-guided learning module.

Criss Library will be undergoing a limited remodel that will last through approximately early 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.

Criss Library's Archives & Special Collections will be undergoing renovations impacting access to the department’s reading room and collections until the beginning of November. Researchers must contact staff in advance to make an appointment to use collection material in a temporary reading room. There may be some periods of time when collections cannot be retrieved without notice several days in advance. In the library and looking for Archives & Special Collections staff? Library staff at the Main Service Desk will direct you to Archives & Special Collections staff while the department undergoes renovation. Contact Amy Schindler at acschindler@unomaha.edu or 402-554-6046 with questions.

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Traditional (Hard Copy) Reserves vs. Electronic Reserves

Traditional (Hard Copy) Reserves

vs.

Electronic Reserves

Benefits

  • Most copyright fees are covered by the library.
  • The Library can place entire books, music CDs, and videos on reserve.

Limitations

  • Materials are limited to on-campus use during the hours the Library is open.
  • One copy can be used by only one person at a time.
  • Items returned late are subject to overdue fines.
  • Frequently used paper copies are subject to wear and tear, missing pages, rearrangement, etc.
  • Replacement of a lost items is not immediate, and during this time the item is not available to students.
 

Benefits

  • Most copyright fees are covered by the library.
  • Eligible users have 24/7 access.
  • Users can read at one's own pace without worry of others waiting in line to use.
  • It is not necessary to print the item because it can be read directly from the computer.
  • Users do not need to visit the Main Service Desk or wait in line for a high demand item to be returned.
  • Multiple students can have access to the same item at the same time.

Limitations

  • The Library cannot place entire books, music CDs, or videos on reserve.
  • Speed of retrieval is dependent on the viewer’s Internet connection speed.
  • Not all items can be placed electronically.