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University Libraries Fact Sheet

The University Libraries were established in 1957 and now include the main Lied Library (pronounced LEED) and three branch libraries: Architecture Studies, Curriculum Materials, and Music.


  • Hours of operation - Lied Library
    Nearly 100 hours each week
  • Hours of operation - Branch libraries
    Between 60 and 70 hours a week
  • 24/7
    Access to an increasing number of the Libraries' collections, e.g. electronic reserves, e-books, e-journals, online databases is available to affiliated users electronically from off campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  • 37 faculty
  • 49 classified
  • 16 professional staff

Collections - All University Libraries

  • Nearly 1,000,000 monographs
  • 8,500 serials subscriptions
  • 12,000 serial titles accessible through aggregated databases
  • Over 170 electronic indexes, databases, or reference sources
  • 27,000 media materials such as videos, music compact disks, DVD, audio-cassettes
  • 1.5 million microforms

Lied Library - Facility

  • 302,000 square feet - equivalent to 6.9 acres
  • 153,000 linear feet or over 28 miles of shelving
  • 2 million volume capacity when LASR is at full build-out
  • 800 data drops & opportunities to connect laptops to the network
  • 317 public desktop computer workstations
  • 18 laptops and a portable projector available for checkout within the building
  • 4 instructional rooms (2 electronic and 2 multi-purpose)
  • 16 group study rooms
  • 4 media viewing rooms
  • 13 public photocopiers
  • University Teaching and Learning Center, Honors College and the Graduate student study/lounge
  • The Book 'n' Bean Café
  • Dedicated:                  January 2001
    Architect of Record:   Welles Pugsley Architects
    Design Architect:        Leo A. Daly
    Cost:                           $55.3 million

Lied Library - Collections

  • Over 950,600 volumes
  • Approximately 7,950 serial subscriptions, including those in electronic form, and over 5,500 additional government documents collection serials
  • Over 1,744,895 microforms
  • Nearly 13,500 VHS, DVD, Laserdiscs, Audio Cassettes and CD-ROMs
  • More than 20,000 maps
  • 1.1 million state and federal government documents.

Special Collections

The Special Collections section of the library provides unique materials relating to Las Vegas and southern Nevada history, and it houses a Gaming Research Collection and the Nevada Women's Archive.

  • 34,000 volumes
  • 700 periodicals
  • 5,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts
  • 2000 sets of architectural drawings
  • 100,000 photographs
  • 2000 maps
  • 1000 videotapes
  • 2000 audio tapes

Lied Library - Special Features:


The LASR (Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval) unit in Lied Library integrates industrial automated materials handling technologies with the online library catalog system to provide an innovative solution to long-term library storage. Three computer-controlled cranes provide access to bins full of stored materials. Library patrons access stored materials through the library catalog. The LASR operator receives the electronic request and activates the appropriate crane to retrieve the materials. LASR is designed to store approximately 600,000 volumes and can be expanded to handle an additional 600,000 volumes. Currently more than 300,000 items are stored in LASR, including older bound periodicals and lesser-used government publications and microforms.

Media Distribution System

The Media and Computer Services Department in Lied Library provides viewing and listening capabilities for the media collection via an integrated video network system (Safari). This system allows the delivery of analog and digital media to library carrels, preview rooms, multimedia PCs, library classrooms, and conference rooms. The media distribution system is currently equipped to playback VHS, DVDs, CDs, audiocassettes, selected cable channels, and to receive satellite downlinks. This system frees the user from having to move from machine to machine and from physically handling all the equipment and materials, and it links beyond Lied Library and connects with selected branch libraries, conference rooms, and campus classrooms.

Digital ID

Lied Library, the Curriculum Materials Library, and the Architecture Studies Library have implemented a state-of-the-art collection management system using the 3M Digital Materials Flow Management system. The system uses radio frequency identification (RFID), allowing staff to track, identify, and control library material more efficiently. The Digital ID technology is used in the Libraries' self-checkout stations and in the staff workstations to handle borrowing transactions. A handheld scanner is used by staff to rapidly check shelf order, to search for missing items, to perform inventories, and to record in-house use of most items.