The Library was founded in the late 1960s under the auspices of William Douglass, the Basque Studies Program coordinator at the time, with the help of Robert Laxalt and the guidance of Jon Bilbao. Over the years, the collection has grown to become influential in Basque studies, and is the leading library on Basque subjects throughout the world outside of the Basque Country. Today, the Basque Library is integrated into the University of Nevada, Reno’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, and combines the advantages of modern-day technology and strong relationships with the Basque Country's libraries and key organizations to provide the best services possible.
About The Basque Library
The Jon Bilbao Basque Library at the University of Nevada, Reno (Renoko Euskal Liburutegia) aims to be a research library for all researchers interested in Basque Culture and the Basque Diaspora, a memory institution for the Basque Community throughout North America, and a comprehensive portal to access Basque studies in English for researchers and institutions.
The Basque Library fulfills the needs of the Center for Basque Studies at the University
As part of the University Libraries system, the Basque Library is able to acquire and supply Basque Studies researchers and academics with the necessary documentation and data they require. The library is also able to offer traditional academic services and information to facilitate research work.
The Basque Library serves as the center for information on the Diaspora as well as the travels of Basques abroad
The library endeavors to collect, protect, and distribute information, regardless of format, on Basques living outside of the Basque Country (known as the Basque Diaspora), especially those in the US and other English-speaking countries, in order to facilitate further research in the area.
The Basque Library is the window for English speakers into the Basque world
The library's goal is to gather and distribute all materials published in English about the Basques. The collection also strives to offer the best works pertaining to Basque topics published in the Basque, Spanish, and French languages.
We are open to the general public as well as the academic community. Patrons may consult and borrow books, videos, CDs, and CD-ROMs.
We offer hundreds of journals from the 19th century to the present. The library collects periodicals about Basque issues in paper, electronic, and microfilm formats from publishers in the Basque Country and in the Basque Diaspora.
The Basque Archive conserves and offers materials created in the Basque Country from the 18th century and the Spanish War of 1936, along with materials created and donated by Basques of the Diaspora, especially those from the United States. We also maintain archives created by the Center for Basque Studies and visiting scholars.
The Basque Library maintains collections of photographs donated by professional photographers and individuals. The photographs offer an important source of information about Basques and the Basque Diaspora.
Audio & Visual Collection
The Basque Library owns and lends hundreds of videos and DVDs created by and about Basques and the Basque Diaspora. We also have audio recordings created by the Center for Basque Studies as well as those donated by individuals. These oral histories are irreplaceable memories of the Basque Diaspora.
Although these items do not circulate, we can offer hundreds of pamphlets, objects, posters, and more, related to the Basque Diaspora. These items may be used within the library.