About Special Collections

Special Collections, a department of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, serves as a rich, growing repository of the evolving history of Nevada and the University of Nevada, Reno, through its collections of books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and other materials. Its resources are readily available to all for exploration and discovery. A reading room on the third floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is open to students and visiting researchers Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and one Saturday afternoon per month during the school year.

To meet the needs of off-site researchers, Special Collections provides guides and databases describing materials in its collection. An aggressive digitization program provides online access to an increasing amount of the materials themselves, especially photographs and maps. Online exhibits such as Illuminating Reno’s Divorce Industry provide context for items and collections in Special Collections and help tell the stories that make up Nevada history. Please contact us for more information.

Other digital projects and online exhibits sponsored by Special Collections

Reno Historical (app and website)

Sheepherders of Northern Nevada: A multimedia exhibit

The 1960 Winter Olympics

Johnson Jeffries Fight: A Centennial Exhibit (collaboration with the Nevada Historical Society)

Book Arts: Fusing Words & Visual Imagination (a sample of theBook Arts collection)

Three Artown Exhibits in the Knowledge Center

More digital collections


Databases and Guides to Special Collections materials

Photo database (includes digital and non-digitized photographs)

Manuscripts and Archives Collection Guides