Visitor & Alumni Services

Visitors, alumni, and community members are welcome in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Everyone is free to use the building and books, newspapers, and serials in the library. Staff at service desks within each library will be happy to assist with locating the materials you need. Items located in the Mathewson Automated Retrieval System (MARS) will be retrieved for you on request at the Knowledge Center Access Services Desk.

  • Borrowing Materials

    What is a Community Borrower?

    • A community borrower is someone at least 18 years old who is not a student or a member of faculty or staff of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Community borrower cards are $25/per year for Nevada residents and $50/per year for out of state residents. Alumni and affiliates of the University, as well as library donors, may receive a community borrower card free of charge. 

    Applying for a Community Borrowers Card

    • To apply for a Community Borrowers Card go to any Library Services desk at any of the University Libraries. A valid photo ID must be shown to receive a card. A University of Nevada Community Borrowers Card will be issued at the time of request or once all necessary information is provided.
    • Community Borrowers Cards may be obtained at the Library Services desk. A valid photo id must be shown to receive a card and an application must be filled out.
    • The card will be issued the day the application is turned in and the fee is paid.

    How To Renew A Community Borrowers Card

    • To renew a Community Borrowers Card you must come into on of our Libraries and fill out the application again and pay the yearly fee. The application needs to be filled out again to be sure that all your contact information is the same.
    • An email will be sent before your account expires. Accounts will expire a year after they were issued.

    General Borrowing Rules

    • Patrons with Community Borrowers Cards can check out twenty (20) books for a period of four (4) weeks. Books can be renewed online with the patrons last name and Community Borrowers Card bar code number.

    Borrowing From Other Institutions

    • Community borrowers can use our Link+ lending system and make Interlibrary Loan requests. There is no charge for Link + borrowing and those requests can be made online. Inter Library Loan requests for community borrowers must be made through the Library Services desk. There is a $10 charge for Inter Library Loan requests for community borrowers and should be paid at receipt of book.

    View Community Borrowing Policies

  • Building Policy

    Code of Conduct

    The University Libraries are committed to providing users with an environment that is safe, well maintained and conducive to study and research. Users and visitors are expected to engage in behavior that does not interfere with these efforts and that does not result in the improper use of Libraries' facilities. Users and visitors are also expected to abide by all relevant university policies, state and federal laws, and those general principles that guide civil behavior and discourse in an academic environment.

    To ensure that all library users and visitors are able to use University Libraries' resources and services effectively, University Libraries requires full compliance with the rules and regulations listed below. Entering the library represents a tacit agreement to abide by these rules.

    General Behavior

    • Observe all posted rules of library use, including, but not limited to, restrictions related to cell phone use, use of quiet study areas, consumption of food and drink, and computer use.
    • Use furniture, library equipment and facilities in an appropriate manner and as designed; e.g. aisles and walk spaces are to remain freely passable at all times to ensure egress, public restrooms are not to be used as a bathing/washing/laundry facility, the Libraries are not to be used as a dwelling or for the purpose of sleeping.
    • Avoid theft – do not leave personal belongings unattended. The library is not responsible for the loss or theft of personal property.
    • A parent or guardian must supervise children under age 14.
    • Unless otherwise posted, it is permissible to consume food and non-alcoholic beverages in the Libraries; beverages must be in spill-proof containers.
    • Dispose of trash or recyclables in appropriate receptacles.
    • Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.

    Prohibited Behavior

    • Preventing or limiting access to library resources through theft, vandalism or the deliberate misplacement of materials.
    • Defacing, destroying, or corrupting any University Libraries’ information resources.
    • Engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct.
    • Verbally abusing, verbally assaulting or threatening to do bodily harm, and engaging in any form of mental or physical harassment. It is inappropriate, and in some cases illegal, to intentionally annoy, harass, or stalk any person, or engage in any other conduct which interferes with service or with the use and enjoyment of the library by others.
    • Sexually harassing another person by making repeated and/or unwelcome sex-related comments or sexual overtures, or engaging in other similar physical behaviors, which interfere, or are intended to interfere, with another person’s work or study.
    • Being in unauthorized areas of the libraries, remaining in the libraries after closing or when requested to leave during emergency situations or drills.
    • Tampering with emergency mechanisms (e.g. alarms, extinguishers, opening emergency exits in non-emergency situations).
    • Smoking or using tobacco products in the libraries.
    • Possessing firearms or other weapons on state property.
    • Having/using a bicycle in the library; using roller blades or skateboards in the library.
    • Selling, soliciting, distributing or displaying any unapproved materials.
    • Bringing animals into the library, unless they are certified assistance animals and registered with the Disability Resource Center.
    • Failing to comply with directions of university officials or law enforcement officers who have identified themselves as such.

    Compliance Measures

    All portable items, e.g. backpacks, bags, briefcases, may be subject to inspection by Library personnel. Proper identification may be requested by any library staff member and must be presented upon request. Users or visitors whose conduct or activities violate the above expectations will be asked to modify their behavior or leave the library. Failure to comply with these rules and regulations may result in the loss of library privileges in addition to other legal consequences. The Libraries will pursue infractions or misconduct through campus disciplinary channels and/or law enforcement as appropriate.

  • Collections

    Library Collections

    The Libraries have collections totaling more than two million items including scholarly and popular books, graphic novels, journals, videos, magazines, government documents and collections of art. Most items can be identified using the Libraries online catalog.

    Special Collections & University Archives

    The Special Collections and University Archives Department houses, preserves, and provides access to unique, specialized, and historically significant resources in a variety of formats to support research, teaching and learning at the University of Nevada, Reno. Other researchers and members of the public are welcome to use Special Collections and University Archives materials.

    Most of the materials in Special Collections pertain to the history and cultures of Nevada and the Great Basin. University Archives preserves the history of the university in documents, photographs, books, and memorabilia.

    Call Special Collections at (775) 682-5665.

    Other unique collections include the Basque Library and our online Digital Collections.

  • Free Databases

    Free Online Databases to Nevada Library Card Holders

    • The University Libraries' Databases A-Z List includes some free and open access databases.
    • Free and open access databases are flagged with this icon: open lock icon
    • Additionally, many high-quality online databases are freely available to people who have a library card from a Nevada public library.  These databases can be accessed by anyone anywhere using a PC connected to the Internet. Use the link below to connect to your public library, then enter your library card information to use these resources.
    • List of Databases (Nevada State Library)


  • Hours & Floor Plans

    Hours & Floor Plans


    • Tours of the Knowledge Center are available for individuals and groups. Either visit the Access Services desk or use the online tour form: TOURS


    • Events hosted by the Knowledge Center and DeLaMare Library are generally open to the public. These include everything from author talks to films to the L-cubed lunchtime concerts in the Rotunda. Check our website or the information monitors in the Knowledge Center Lobby for upcoming events. For a full listing of all events at the University, please visit the events page on the main University website
  • Online Access

    Remote Access to University Licensed Resources

    • Because of restrictions in University license agreements with publishers and vendors, we are allowed to extend remote access privileges to only  currently enrolled students, staff, and faculty. Others may come to the University and gain access to most of our online materials through the Guest Wireless network,
    • Adjunct faculty who are doing work for the University requiring computing and library resources (such as research for the University, teaching classes through an agreement, or actively advising students) can apply to get a NetID and Library access. The University department chair or Director affiliated will need to fill it out and explain why the work for the University requires remote access to library resources. It also requires also the volunteer agreement form, which is linked below.

    Application for Access to Computing Resources

    Volunteer Application

  • Other Campus Libraries

    Basque Library

    • The Basque Library houses materials and information on all things pertaining to the Basque people. The extensive Basque library collection is available to all students and community members. The library is located on the third floor of the University's Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

    Learn More About the Basque Library

    DeLaMare Library

    • The DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada Reno is located in the Mackay Mines Building at the north end of the Quad. On four floors, it houses library materials in the fields of earth sciences, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, geological, mechanical, metallurgical, and mining engineering; chemistry, physics and computer science. The Ansari Map Library is also located in the Mackay Mines Building and is the largest map collection in Nevada, containing more than 140,000 maps.

    Learn More About the DeLaMare Library

    Savitt Medical Library

    • The Savitt Medical Library is the only academic medical library in the state and its primary focus for resources and services is the School of Medicine's Students, resident physicians, faculty, staff and its many programs. The library also serves many constituencies in Nevada, under our designation by the National Library of Medicine as the Resource Library for health information in Nevada.

    Learn More About the Savitt Medical Library

    Learning and Resource Center

    • The function of the Nell J Redfield Learning and Resource Center, commonly known as the LRC, is to provide a variety of resources to educators, university students, teachers, and counselors. The services provided include instructional support and curriculum enrichment. Students and faculty at the university, as well as teachers, administrators, and counselors in surrounding school districts, are invited to use the center's resources.

    Learn More About the Learning and Resource Center

  • Research

    Research Services

    Visit the Library Research & Services Desk on the 2nd floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center atrium) for:

    • Assistance searching the University Libraries' online catalog.
    • Understanding how to navigate the Libraries' web site.
    • How to select the most relevant database(s) for your research project.
    • Identifying relevant information resources.
    • Guidance in locating resources in the University Libraries and elsewhere.
    • Developing efficient research strategies.

    To request assistance from research services staff or to avail yourself of the many research tools compiled by the library staff, please visit the Get Help/Ask a Librarian page.

    Subject Specialists

    • Contact a Subject Specialist, a librarian who is a research expert in your field, to set up a time to discuss best sources and strategies to use for research.

    Find A Subject Specialist

    • Schedule an appointment with a librarian to get research help!

    Schedule an Appointment

    Special Collections and University Archives

    The Special Collections and University Archives Department houses, preserves, and provides access to unique, specialized, and historically significant resources in a variety of formats to support research, teaching and learning at the University of Nevada, Reno. Other researchers and members of the public are welcome to use Special Collections and University Archives materials.

    Most of the materials in Special Collections pertain to the history and cultures of Nevada and the Great Basin. University Archives preserves the history of the university in documents, photographs, books, and memorabilia.

    Learn More About University Archives

    Call Special Collections at (775) 682-5665.

Support the Libraries

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