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.

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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.

Public collection

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.

Photograph collection

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 and 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.

Ephemera collection

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.