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Services for Graduate Students

Accessing Library Collections:
Course Reserves
Checking Out Books
Loan Periods
Returning Materials to the Library
Online Book Renewal
View Your Circulation Record
Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan
Standard Library Workstations
Searching the Collections
Electronic Resources

Binding Personal Copies of UNLV Theses & Dissertations:
Information & Request Form

Research Assistance:
Library Faculty Subject Specialists

Additional Library Services & Resources:
Library Instruction
Laptop Computers
Group Study Rooms
Graduate and Professional Student Association Lounge


Accessing Library Collections

Course Reserves: Print and electronic resources placed on reserve by UNLV faculty and Teaching Assistants can be accessed via UNLV Libraries Course Reserves, available through the Libraries home page.

Checking Out Books: Your library-validated RebelCard allows you to use the Libraries’ Self-Service Checkout workstations. The Self-Checkout unit reads your barcode, desensitizes the book-security feature and prints a receipt. There are no limits on the number of books you can check out. For assistance, please consult the Library’s Circulation Desk.

RebelCard: You will need a library-validated Rebel I.D. Card to access library catalogs and electronic resources. RebelCards can be acquired at the RebelCard Service Center in the Student Union. You must have your RebelCard validated at the Circulation Counter in one of the UNLV Libraries locations prior to your first log-in.

Loan Periods: Graduate Students, including GA (Graduate Assistants), TA (Teaching Assistants), and RA (Research Assistants), have semester-long checkout for books with two renewals. Periodicals do not circulate. There are three loan periods per year: fall semester, spring semester, and summer term. All checked-out materials are subject to recall by other students, faculty, and staff. Graduate students are responsible for Recall, Interlibrary Loan, and Reserve fines. Recall and Interlibrary Loan fines are $2.00 per day, per book. Reserve fines vary. There are no other fines. Books can be renewed online.

Returning Materials to the Library: Books can be returned via book drops located across campus or to any of the library locations. Due to the possibility of heat damage, media resources (videos, CD-ROMs, CDs, etc.) should never be placed in outdoor book returns.

Online Book Renewal: Books checked out from the UNLV Libraries can be renewed by accessing Your Account from the top tool bar of the Libraries home page.

View Your Circulation Record: Click on Your Account on the top menu of the Libraries home page to find a record of the books you have checked out, possible Recalls, any fines owed, and to renew books.

Interlibrary Loan: For materials not available in the Libraries’ collections, you may request that the Interlibrary Loan Service obtain these for you. Requests may be submitted via the Libraries Interlibrary Loan web page or in person at the Circulation desk on the first floor of Lied Library.

Standard Library Workstations: Standard library workstations provide common productivity software, Internet access, and access to the Libraries’ electronic databases. Selected workstations in Lied Library have multimedia capabilities. Stop by the first floor Research and Information desk for additional information.

 Searching the Collections:

  • In the Libraries: Upon locating an available workstation, you will be prompted to enter your Username (the barcode number on the back of your RebelCard) and Password (the last four digits of your Social Security number). You will have full access to both print and electronic databases.
  • In Campus Computer Labs (, department offices, or from home: Search the Libraries physical holdings via the UNLV Libraries web page. In order to search the Libraries’ electronic databases from PCs outside the library you will be prompted at a certain point to input your Username (the barcode number on the back of your Rebel Card) and your Password (your last name).

Electronic Resources: The Libraries have approximately 200 electronic indexes and databases that can be used to find journal and research citations and other relevant information in all subject areas. Many of these resources provide full-text online.



Research Assistance

General Research Assistance: General information and research assistance is available in Lied Library on the first and second floor Research & Information service desks, and in the branch libraries at the Information/Circulation counters.

Library Faculty Subject Specialists: Subject librarians develop and maintain the Libraries’ collections in the various discipline areas. Your subject librarian possesses expertise in the resources of your discipline and is a great point of contact for any questions or comments about the Libraries, and for specialized research consultation.



Additional Library Services & Resources

Library Instruction: Periodically in the Fall and Spring semesters and Summer term, hands-on library workshops specifically oriented toward graduate students and are offered to assist in the acquisition of search strategies and skills required to successfully find needed information. Check the Libraries’ Instruction Department web page for dates and times.

Printing/Copying: All PCs in the UNLV Libraries are networked to both black & white and color printers. Prints are made using the RebelCard or a Rebel Copy Card as a debit card. Copy machines also require the use of a RebelCard or Rebel Copy Card. See floor plans for locations of copiers in Lied Library.

Laptop Computers: You can use your personal laptop with our wireless system or it can be configured for wired Internet connectivity in Lied Library at the Media Resources Counter. Also, laptop computers are available for a 4-hour loan period at Lied Library’s Media Resources desk. Word processing and access to the Libraries’ electronic resources are among the features offered on these computers. The laptops are wireless and can be used anywhere in the library.

Group Study Rooms: Group study rooms are located on the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of Lied Library and are availableon a first come first served basis. Three or more people constitute a “group.” Most group study rooms are equipped with white boards and laptop connectivity.

Graduate and Professional Student Association Lounge: Located on the third floor of Lied Library, the Graduate & Professional Student Association Lounge provides a study and social environment for graduate and professional students and includes a small resource library, copy machine, and a computer lab. For hours, call 895-2261.