About Special Collections

Special Collections and University Libraries, 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.

To meet the needs of off-site researchers, Special Collections provides guides and databases describing materials in its collection. 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 the department for more information.