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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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About the Library

Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library serves as the primary source of academic information for the University community through its collections, academic and reference services, innovative and modern technology, exhibit and event programming and modern physical facilities.

Our History

The first century of library buildings at UNO

The University of Omaha was founded in 1908 and had no library until 1912 when University president Daniel Jenkins responded to student requests to found one.  By 1928, a collection of 5,000 volumes was held in Joslyn Hall, at 24th & Pratt.  The Gateway covered this milestone and hoped "the library will be made a place where one can really study, and not a place to get together and play."   At this time, the University hired its first, full-time librarian, Inez Loretta Chestnut.

In 1931, the library was moved to a "temporary structure" -- two drafty wooden annexes located west of Joslyn Hall. The Omaha Bee-News reported:

All winter long the wind has whipped through the cracks in the frame structure, making it impossible to keep the building warm. . . . Miss Inez Chestnut, librarian, said at times during the past winter the thermometer . . . threatened to drop below freezing. A 35-degree . . . reading was appallingly frequent.

Things improved in 1938, when the Municipal University of Omaha moved to its current location at 60th & Dodge Streets. The library collection then numbered over 50,000 volumes and was housed in the northeast wing of what is now the Arts & Sciences Hall.  Closed stacks meant that all books were retrieved by "pages" after being located in the card catalog.

Within 10 years, students again requested better library service.  As early as 1947, the Gateway surveyed students, asking "Are you satisfied with the OU Library?" Among the responses:

"I would like to have open stacks so I could browse around." - Clark Forbes
"No! It requires…Seminar rooms, functional lighting and architecture." - Frank Hanna
"… too noisy and crowded."- Ken Cobb
"No. They should have plush seats and smoking stands."-Jan Gragson

Head Librarian Ellen Lord argued for a new structure with open stacks, more shelving and more room for student seating.  Construction began later that year. Groundbreaking festivities were held in June, 1954 and construction was completed late the following year. Although the University had budgeted funds, philanthropist Eugene C. Eppley agreed to donate the entire $850,000. The building was named in his honor and remains so today as the University's administration building. The 45,000 square foot library building would serve the university and community for the next twenty years.

The integration into the University of Nebraska system in 1968 advanced the mission of UNO and again created demand for an improved facility. Construction began in the fall of 1974 on a new 148,000 square foot building. The $3.5 million dollar contract was issued to Lueder Construction Company with a projected completion date in spring 1976. The building site anchored the western edge of the UN0 campus and would assume a more central location as campus expansion continued.

The earth-sheltered, highly energy efficient design in the "brutalist" style was a response to the OPEC oil embargo. In fact, energy use did decrease while book stacks and seating space increased.  Bright orange carpeting, "space age" furniture, typewriter rooms, and a fountain courtyard were prominent features.  The principle research tools of the time were the card catalog, the print index, books and paper journals.

The "information revolution" came to the library during the 1980's, and UNO's first online catalog debuted in 1990. The shift to the computer catalog was dramatic. Circulation nearly doubled because students were able to find many more books, more easily.  Computer use within the library has grown by leaps and bounds.

Originally planned to hold 431,000 volumes and to provide 2,500 seats, designers believed that the 1976 building would provide ample capacity to support "the learners of 2006." Growth in enrollment and programs, however, led to a collection of 746,000 bound volumes by 2000 and space was once again at a premium.

Planning for the current library addition started more than ten years ago.  A final program statement was issued in 2003 and a lengthy approval process led to groundbreaking in June, 2005.  The newly dedicated Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss library and Dr. Guinter Kahn addition is now ready for the students of 2006 and beyond.

Our Mission

The Criss Library's mission is to create physical and virtual environments which foster the University's goals for teaching, learning, and research. The Criss Library is a place which is equally conducive to gathering around a cutting-edge, multi-functional workstation or relaxing in a comfortable chair with a book and a cup of coffee. Whether people come to us through the website or through the door, users experience intuitive, seamlessly integrated access to relevant resources in many formats. All services are aligned to provide an environment of discovery, productivity, and intellectual exchange. Events and partnerships both on and off campus engage the library with UNO and its communities.

10 Things to Do At Your Library

  1. Check out a laptop, digital camera, sound recorder or video camera.
  2. Explore a Kindle, the wireless portable device with instant access to over 130,000 books.
  3. Grab a Starbucks coffee and enjoy the comforts of our newly remodeled cafe.
  4. Get all the help you need for your research from our specialized subject librarians.
  5. Practice your foreign language skills at our fully-interactive SCOLA language lab.
  6. Enjoy a sunny day on our patio in the newly landscaped and designed Tritsch Garden.
  7. Check out a private group study room equipped with large flat screen monitors, computer access, and multi-media reproduction software.
  8. Take a ride into space at our visual space center. See what's happening with shuttle launches, and even watch NASA exploration videos.
  9. Hop on one of our many computers for homework or fun, with our free classroom software, wireless connectivity, and design programs equipped on each computer.
  10. With over 700,000 books, 2,300 print, 45,000 electronic subscriptions, and 300 databases, music and video available—Criss Library has something for everyone!