Research Links: List of Databases, Course Reserves

Quick Search: Articles, newspapers, books and ebooks, videos and more. Results primarily available online but may also include books available in the library or articles that can be requested for email delivery from ILLiad.

Catalog: Books (including ebooks) and other items in UNLV Libraries. Does not search journal articles.

Library Information: Pages on library web site, for example research guides, library policies and procedures, hours and events.

Quick Facts about UNLV Libraries


  • Established: 1957, though first collection was housed at Las Vegas High School in 1955
  • Dean:  Patricia Iannuzzi
  • Four facilities: Lied Library, Architecture Studies Library, Curriculum Materials Library, Music Library
  • Staff: 113 highly-trained and experienced individuals; the 37 librarians have tenure-track faculty status
  • Budget: Over $17 million including $6.5 million for collections
  • Over 1,775,302 in person visits annually

Information Resources and Collections

  • More than 1.8 million bound volumes (circa 30,000 added annually)
  • Nearly 300 electronic indexes, databases and reference sources
  • More than 20,000 electronic and printed serials
  • Access to more than 500,000 electronic monographs
  • Access to more than 1 million state and federal government documents
  • Internationally renowned UNLV Libraries Special Collections housing unique, rare and specialized research materials that document Las Vegas, Southern Nevada, the gaming industry, and UNLV
  • Two specialized centers: Center for Gaming Research and the Oral History Research Center
  • More than a dozen digital collections that feature a wide range of original source materials from UNLV Libraries Special Collections, the Nevada State Museum, the Historical Society of Las Vegas and the Clark County Heritage Museum


  • Main Library (Lied Library) and three branch libraries: Architecture Studies Library, Curriculum Materials Library, and Music Library
  • Total of 325,600 sq. ft.(includes Lied Library and 3 branches)
  • All libraries new or renovated since 1997. Lied Library underwent renovation in 2012 to include a new graduate student commons.
  • 16 wired group study rooms
  • Five media viewing rooms
  • Five smart classrooms
  • Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval system (LASR) —high density storage in main library with capacity to house up to 600,000 volumes, expandable to house 1.2 million volumes 
  • Preservation/conservation laboratory
  • A media lab offering computers with specialized software for multimedia files, scanners, large format printer, camcorders, digital still camera and other equipment
  • Lied Library shares its space with the UNLV Honors College, the Graduate Student Commons, the Academic Success Center and the Writing Center
  • University Libraries includes two online branches: the Shadow Lane Library, for faculty and students at UNLV’s Dental School and Biotechnology Center, and the Singapore Campus Library, which provides research assistance to students and faculty at UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration


  • More than 400 public computer workstations
  • Wireless access at all four library locations
  • Design studio available for students and faculty
  • Digital media distribution system
  • In-house systems staff of nine
  • In-house web and digitization staff of seven

Service and Information Literacy Initiatives

  • 13 liaison librarians offer subject-specific reference, course related instruction sessions, and collections and scholarly communications for faculty and students
  • Faculty Institutes in which UNLV Libraries faculty partner with more than 60 UNLV faculty on course design
  • Reference service through instant messaging, text, or email
  • Self-services including self-check-out, online document delivery requests, online access to patron record and online fee payment
  • Desktop Express delivers articles, book chapters, and complete volumes electronically to UNLV patrons' accounts, including distance education students
  • Online access to course reserves
  • Calvert Award for Undergraduate Research recognizes undergraduate students who demonstrate sophistication and originality in research projects
  • Mason Undergraduate Peer Research Coaches Program encourages undergraduate students who exhibit financial need, are first-generation college students or are from under-represented communities to complete their degree
  • Institutional Repository captures, preserves and shares the intellectual output of UNLV faculty, staff, students and collaborations with other stakeholders. 4,969 papers to date, 537,545 full-text downloads to date, 380,180 downloads in the past year (as of July 2012)


Compared to peer institutions nationally and in the Mountain West region, we are most on par with Washington State and Colorado State in funding.