Special Collections and University Archives Alternative Operations

Using the Collections

Special Collections and University Archives is continuing to prioritize remote access given the limitations of onsite access and the difficulties many researchers have with traveling due to the pandemic. Appointments for onsite use of Special Collections and University Archives materials are available when scanning or livestreaming via document camera is not a viable alternative. This applies to archives, Book Arts collection, photographs, other items located in Special Collections. If you do visit us onsite, our existing policies apply in addition to alternative operations policies. We may also be able to find a good resource for you in our existing online offerings:

Reference and General Assistance

Reference consultations are available remotely. Please contact specoll@unr.edu to arrange a time for a phone call or Zoom meeting.


All donation consultations are being conducted remotely. For university-related materials, please reach out to specoll@unr.edu. For all other  materials, please reach out to Jacquelyn Sundstrand.

Tours and Class Visits

Onsite tours and class visits are not available. Please contact us at specoll@unr.edu to discuss alternatives.


One public computer is available for your use. Wifi is available throughout the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

Overhead Scanner

The overhead scanner is available. Please bring your own flash drive to save your scans.


Lockers are unavailable. However, since the reading room is limited to one user at a time, and the space must be booked in advance, you will be able leave your belongings on the top of the locker cabinet by the front door.

Media Playback

Media playback is unavailable. Some of our audiovisual materials may be available as a patron order request. Please see Making or Ordering Copies of Materials in the Archives for more information.

Exhibit Space

The exhibit space being open depends on several factors that we cannot predict at this time. Expect the exhibit room to be open sporadically during the spring semester.


While most of our services are free, those that do incur costs may only be paid via credit or debit card. Please see Making or Ordering Copies of Materials in the Archives for more information.