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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Study Spaces/Criss Theater

Criss Library offers a wide variety of places for individual and group study.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms located on the first and main floors of the Library are available for and suited to group study. Please note: the rooms are reserved for group study only, not individual study, and are only available to current UNO students, faculty, and staff.

The study rooms are internet ready and equipped with presentation equipment, DVD/VHS players, tables, chairs and whiteboards. The study room computers are equipped with the same software available on the public access computers. Group study rooms may be reserved for 3 hour blocks of time on the Library website, by phone, or in person at the Main Service Desk.

The Group Study Room Policy has more information about the group study rooms, their amenities, and availability.

Single Study Rooms

Study rooms located on the first and main floors of the Library are available for and suited to private study. Please note: the rooms are reserved for private study only, not group study, and are only available to current UNO students, faculty, and staff.

The study rooms are networked and are furnished with a chair, desk, and whiteboard. Single study rooms may be reserved for 2 hour blocks of time on the Library website, by phone, or in person at the Main Service Desk.

The Single Study Room Policy has more information about the single study rooms, their amenities, and availability.

Graduate Study Carrels

The University Library has 50 study carrels available to UNO graduate students to facilitate scholarly research using library resources. Each carrel provides two overhead locking bin spaces, data port, one chair, and one locking file drawer.

The Graduate Study Carrels Policy has more information about the carrels, their amenities, and availability.

Quiet Study

The third floor of the library is designated as a quiet study space. Collaborative work and cell phone use is not permitted on the third floor.

Criss Theater

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Theater Room

Criss Library is featuring a new service just for you—the Theater Room! The Theater Room is available to all UNO students, faculty and staff, and is designed for viewing media for academic, as well as leisure purposes. For your optimum viewing pleasure, the Theater Room is equipped with eight comfy chairs (more available upon request), a Sony Blu-Ray player, 9-channel AV receiver, HD projector, 110 in. screen, iPod docking station, PC, wireless keyboard, mouse, and cable television. The Theater Room is conveniently located on the main floor (2nd floor) of the Criss Library behind the SCOLA Learning Center. This room can entertain 16 people at a time, and can be reserved for up 4 hours with a signed agreement. For more information on making Theater Room reservations, visit the UNO Criss Library Main Service Desk or call 402.554.3206.

Check out

Eligible users should present their UNO MavCard I.D. to the Main Service Desk in order to check out the Theater Room. A consent form must be signed each semester. The key is the sole responsibility of the user to whom it is checked out. Do not give the key to other members of the group. Rooms that have been reserved but are not checked out within 15 minutes after the start time will be released for use by another group.

Eligible Users

The Theater Room is available to UNO students, faculty, and staff. NOTE: Academic use of this room will supersede non-academic use.

Terms of Use

  • Room is only for viewing/discussion of film and multi-media productions. X-Rated films cannot be viewed in this room.

  • Academic use of this room supersedes non-academic use.

  • Only current UNO faculty, staff, and students are eligible to reserve the Theater Room, which may be booked one month in advance and may be booked for up to a 4 hour period. The theater room is available for booking during all library hours.

  • Use of this room requires filling out a consent form once per semester. The patron is responsible for the key at all times during the check out period and is liable for any damage incurred during that time.

  • If equipment or room is damaged, the patron will be fined based on the amount of damage, a hold will be placed on their account with the Registrar's office and the patron will lose all checkout privileges until the fine is paid.

  • Transcripts will be held until the fee is paid.