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University of Nebraska at Omaha. Criss Library



  • Usage: 2006 - present
  • Usage: 1976 - 2006
  • Usage: 1968 - 1976
  • Usage: 1968 - 1976
  • Usage: 1955 - 1968
  • Usage: 1955 - 1968


The Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library is the academic library serving the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Omaha founded its first library in 1912. It was originally housed in Joslyn Hall on the original University of Omaha campus. Following the 1931 transition from the University of Omaha to the Municipal University of Omaha, the library was housed in a wooden annex building. In 1938, when OU moved to the new campus at 60th and Dodge Streets, the library was moved into a room in the building later known as Arts and Sciences Hall. From 1955 through 1976 (through the 1968 transition from the University of Omaha to the University of Nebraska at Omaha), the library was known as the Eugene C. Eppley Library, and it was housed in the building later known as the Eppley Administration Building. In 1976, it moved into a new building and became known as the University Library. In 2006, in conjunction with a building expansion and renovation, which added the Dr. Guinther Kahn Addition, the name was changed to the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library to mark a major gift by the Criss Foundation.

Name history summary:

2006-present -- Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library (aka Criss Library)

1976-2006 -- University Library

1955-1976 -- Eugene C. Eppley Library (aka Eppley Library)

1912-1955 -- official name undetermined, usually referred to simply as the Library

Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

Art Proposals Submitted for Criss Library, 2009

 File — Box Art [8]
Scope and Contents

Proposals received from multiple artists for an art installation in the newly renovated Criss Library. There are drawings, digital files, and one example piece of metal for a proposed sculpture.

Dates: 2009

Charting Our Path Oral History Interviews

Identifier: UNO-0276
Content Description The Charting Our Path audio oral history interviews were gathered as part of the UNO Department of Black Studies' 50th anniversary. The interviewees or narrators include department staff Lous Thomas, instructor and choir director Aleane Fitz-Carter, Omaha 54 student protestor and alumnus Ronald Estes, department chair Melvin Wade, and supporter and community member Martha Love. The oral history interviews were conducted by Debora Heard, project coordinator for Charting Our Path at UNO...
Dates: 2022-2023

College and Departments, Library

 File — Drawer 1-A-8
Scope and Contents

Events such as exhibitions, book talks, and other presentations hosted or co-sponsored by the UNO Libraries including the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library and the UNO-KANEKO Library.

Criss Library Distinguished Service Award Plaques, 1987-2013

 File — Box Awards [19]
Scope and Contents

The plaques recognizing the UNO library Distinguished Service Awards for permanent employees and student workers, awarded annually by the Library Friends. This style of plaque was replaced in 2013.

Dates: 1987-2013

Diamond Jubilee : UNO Library, 1984, 5/20/2015

Scope and Contents

An overview of the history and services of the University Library by Bob Runyon. Number 9 in the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Diamond Jubilee series. Sponsored by UNO's College of Continuing Studies in cooperation with television station KMTV. From the series TV Classroom.

Title as listed in guide to series : Review of the history of the U.N.O. Library.

Runtime: 29:00:00

Original format: VHS.

Dates: 1984; Digitized: 5/20/2015

Janice Boyer Papers

 Collection — Box 1-3
Identifier: UNO-0016
Scope and Contents

The Janice Boyer Papers include materials related to Janice Boyer's 25 year career at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Criss Library (formerly known as the University Library), 1986-2012. Materials include documents related to library planning, projects, committees, and computer systems.

Dates: 1987-2012

LGBTQ+ Oral History Collection

Identifier: UNO-0240
Content Description The LGBTQ+ Oral History Collection is the home for 52 oral history interviews conducted with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, nonbinary, and asexual individuals from various communities with a focus on those with a connection to Omaha, Nebraska. The interviews were consciously collected to be part of UNO’s Queer Omaha Archives. Interviews as of 2020 are all audio recordings and include community members and UNO faculty. Interviews to date have been conducted by UNO professor Jay...
Dates: 2016 - 2020

Library Courtesy Committee, 1983-1993

 File — Box UNO-0054-MISC, Folder: 2019-060
Scope and Contents

The UNO Library Courtesy Committee organized organized library social occasions, including holiday parties, birthday parties, and retirement receptions. This folder includes invitations, thank-you notes from honorees, and announcements of upcoming events.

Dates: 1983-1993

Library plans and proposals, circa 2001-2010

 File — Box 1
Identifier: 2021-012
Scope and Contents

Design and architectural proposals for the renovation and expansion of UNO's library, later re-dedicated the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library.

Dates: circa 2001-2010

Library User Publication

Identifier: UNO-0056
Scope and Contents

The Library User (1980-2005) was a print newsletter published by the University Library (later renamed the Criss Library) of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The newsletter featured short articles highlighting library services, collections, databases, events, and staff members. Articles were contributed by different library staff members and faculty librarians. The newsletter was sent to all members of the University Library Friends.

Dates: 1980-2005

Linda Parker papers, 1992-2013

 Series — Box Linda Parker series
Scope and Contents The Linda Parker Papers comprise the files, binders, and notebooks of Linda Parker, who was a librarian at the Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha from about 1992 until 2013. The papers include user needs survey responses; information on user education; the final report of the Forum on the Future of Reference Services (1993); Criss Library Public Services Department planning documents, reports, topics for discussion, and organizational records; and the NebSat grant for...
Dates: 1992-2013

Melissa Cast-Brede Criss Library Collection

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: UNO-0162
Content Description

There are quite a variety of materials in this small collection, including UNO strategic planning documents, correspondence, CDs containing data & photographs, and a binder of 2003 University Library planning documents.

Dates: 2000-2015

Nora Hillyer Collection

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: UNO-0156
Content Description

Collection includes a variety of awards and certificates gathered by Nora Hillyer; Proceedings of the 2008 Library Assessment Conference in Seattle (2008); a folder containing RPT (reappointment, promotion, and tenure) materials.

Dates: 2008-2013

Queer Omaha Archives Celebration Heartland Pride 2016 Advertisement, 2016

Identifier: UNO0054_doc_0002
Scope and Contents

The Queer Omaha Archives Celebration on July 13, 2016, ad for the Heartland Pride 2016 guide.

Dates: 2016

Queer Omaha Archives Fliers, 2016

Identifier: UNO0054_doc_0001
Scope and Contents

Fliers created to provide information about and solicit donations for the Queer Omaha Archives at the University of Nebraska at Omaha during its first year. The fliers include a description of the Queer Omaha Archives and information about the types of material of interest to add to the archive.

Dates: 2016

Returned Books Letter

 Collection — Box MISC-11, Folder: UNO-0246
Identifier: UNO-0246
Content Description On May 17, 2018, UNO's Criss Library received a note along with three books being returned to the UNO Libraries by an alumnus after 40 years. The note reads: "To Whom It May Concern – 40 years ago I walked out of the UNO Library with these books and never got around to returning them. / Please forgive my laziness and reluctance to not only properly check them out – but for keeping them so long. – A former Student." The books returned were: The Complete Jack the Ripper by Don Rumbelow,...
Dates: May 17, 2018

Robert S. Runyon Papers

Identifier: UNO-0015
Scope and Contents

The Robert S. Runyon Papers include materials related to Robert S. Runyon's tenure as Director (1978-1999) and Dean (1999-2001) of the Criss Library (then called the University Library) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Materials include library and university planning documents and information about library projects, committees, events, and policies.

Dates: 1978-2001

Seal of the University Library, circa 1950

 Item — Object Ceremonial Objects [4]
Scope and Contents

University library seal of the Municipal University of Omaha, circa 1950. The seal is metal, with its coating chipping. The seal has two metal presses to crease the seal, with an operating arm sitting upright, to be pulled down to press the metal pieces together. The seal is circular, with "OMAHAE UNIVERSITATIS SIGILLUM" around the rim. The inside of the circle is an open book, resting on another, with some object above them.

Dates: circa 1950

UNO and Criss Library Memorabilia, circa 2008-2016

 File — Box 2017-057
Scope and Contents

UNO and Criss Library memorabilia from the early 21st century. Items include a UNO Maverick backpack, UNO t-shirts including one depicting super hero Captain America, and UNO-Kaneko Library notebook and USB flash drive.

Dates: circa 2008-2016

UNO Criss Library Records

 Collection — Box UNO-0054-MISC
Identifier: UNO-0054
Scope and Contents The UNO Criss Library Records are comprised of materials produced by or used by the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and its predecessors the University Library and the Eugene C. Eppley Library. The collection includes library annual reports (1995/1996-2001/2002); departmental annual reports (Acquisitions/Order, Reference, Circulation, Cataloging, and Secretary); purchase orders and accession lists (1939-1941); budget ledger (1939-1940);...
Dates: 1939-2014

UNO Integrated Library System Selection Records, 1986-1993

 Series — Box 1-4
Scope and Contents The UNO Integrated Library System Selection Records cover the selection and implementation of the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (III) integrated library system (ILS) software used by the University of Nebraska System. The University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska--Lincoln libraries were at the time using the Library Information Retrieval System (L.I.R.S.), an Automated Library Information System (ALIS) from DataPhase Systems Inc. The planning process to select a new ILS began...
Dates: 1986-1993

UNO Libraries, Administration Files, circa 1980-2010

 File — Box 2021-025
Identifier: 2021-025
Scope and Contents

Records created and maintained by the administrative office of UNO Libraries cover a variety of topics related to library operations, professional librarians, UNO, donors, and other matters.

Dates: circa 1980-2010