Community and campus collections

Materials from outside the Libraries, including the Reno/Sparks area and beyond

About our partnerships

These projects are born from our mission to transform creative ideas and information into initiatives that preserve collections that fall outside the Libraries' walls. Our partners range from museums on campus to community organizations and local government agencies.

Featured collection

From baskets, to maps, to mineral samples

Portal Baskets

Basket scans

This digital collection showcases baskets from the University of Nevada, Reno Department of Anthropology’s Huber collection. Made by Native American weavers from roughly 1840 to 1930, the baskets are presented in 2D and 3D images.

Chair-i-ty Promo Photo


Artistic renditions of vintage oak study chairs retired from University of Nevada, Reno campus lecture rooms, that were created for the Chair-i-ty auction and gifted to the library.

Closeup of plat map from the collection.

Plat maps

Consisting of digitized plat maps from the General Land Office of Reno, this collection provides unique insight into early surveys of the region.

Historic Maps of Nevada

Historic maps

This collection consists of 589 maps related to Nevada, California, and the Great Basin.

Medical Scientist Looking Through Microscope

Medical school

This collection includes over 7,000 photographs related to the School of Medicine, along with numerous press releases and newsletters created by the school.

Mural of Young Child

Reno street art

A photographic archive of Reno's thriving street art scene dating back to the mid 90s.

A composite image of “Thin Section 54NC316, quartz monzonite,” in both regular light and cross-polarized light.

Thin sections

Mineral thin sections from the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL), Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

Washoe County Recorder Map

Recorders Office

The Washoe County Recorder collection includes a variety of official records, including land transactions, homestead claims, land surveys, liens, cemetery plots, court judgments, and women’s property. The materials range from 1855 to 1964, covering the time from when Nevada was part of Utah Territory, then became the Territory of Nevada, and later became a state.

Womens Basketball Team

Wolf Pack Athletics

Published as a partnership between the University Libraries and the Athletic Department, this collection consists of over 2,000 photographs of the University of Nevada, Reno's athletes dating from 1889 to 2014.