Jul 14, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 

The University Community & Libraries

The University Community & Libraries

UNLV Mission Statement: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is a research institution committed to rigorous educational programs and the highest standards of a liberal education. We produce accomplished graduates who are well prepared to enter the work force or to continue their education in graduate and professional programs. Our faculty, students, and staff enthusiastically confront the challenges of economic and cultural diversification, urban growth, social justice, and sustainability. Our commitment to our dynamic region and State centrally influences our research and education programs, which improves our local communities. Our commitment to the national and international communities ensures that our research and educational programs engage both traditional and innovative areas of study and global concerns. UNLV’s distinctive identity and values permeate a unique institution that brings the best of the world to our region and, in turn, produces knowledge to improve the region and the world around us.

UNLV is committed to and driven by these shared values that will guide our decision making:  

  • High expectations for student learning and success;
  • Discovery through research, scholarship, and creative activity;
  • Nurturing equity, diversity, and inclusiveness that promotes respect, support, and empowerment;
  • Social, environmental, and economic sustainability;
  • Strong reciprocal, and interdependent relationships between UNLV and the region around us;
  • An entrepreneurial, innovative, and unconventional spirit.

The core themes of UNLV, the objectives, and their indicators of achievement, express the mission of the university. The core themes describe in broad statements what UNLV plans to accomplish and reflect the values that are shared by faculty and staff. Evaluation of the metrics associated with the indicators of achievement will demonstrate how effectively UNLV is carrying out its mission.

  • Core Theme 1: Student Achievement
  • Core Theme 2: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
  • Core Theme 3: Academic Health Center
  • Core Theme 4: Community Partnerships

More information is available on the UNLV NWCCU Top Tier Strategic Plan website www.unlv.edu/toptier/progress

UNLV accreditation: UNLV is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Nevada System of Higher Education: All public higher education in the state of Nevada is organized under a single governance system administered by the 13-member Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents. NSHE consists of two universities: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno; an internationally renowned research unit: The Desert Research Institute; one state college: Nevada State College, Henderson; and four community colleges: College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas; Great Basin College, Elko; Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno; and Western Nevada College, Carson City.

The Nevada System of Higher Education enrolls more than 108,000 students in a wide range of programs from occupational and training areas to doctoral programs.

Historical Perspective: The first college-level classes in Southern Nevada started on an extension basis in 1951 in a spare room at Las Vegas High School. Dr. James Dickinson was the only full-time faculty member, and the student body totaled 12.

Six years later, the university was founded officially as a southern regional division of the University of Nevada by action of the Nevada Board of Regents. In the summer of 1957, the university opened its first classroom and administration building — Maude Frazier Hall.

Twenty-nine students accepted degrees at the university’s first commencement ceremonies in 1964. The following year, the Nevada Legislature named the school Nevada Southern University, and the Board of Regents hired the campus’ first president.

In 1968, the university was granted autonomy under the state’s higher education system, giving it status equal to that of the University of Nevada, Reno. The Board of Regents approved the institution’s present name in January 1969.

Continual expansion in terms of programs, facilities, and influence has characterized the university since its modest start.

Enrollment today exceeds 31,000 students. Students attend classes at an attractive 332-acre campus in metropolitan Las Vegas. Close by are homes and apartments, schools, shopping centers, restaurants, and all the conveniences of a modern cosmopolitan area.

University Organization: The President of UNLV acts as chief executive officer and is assisted by the Executive Vice President and Provost; the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business; Chief Diversity Offiicer; Vice President for Advancement; Vice President for Government Affairs; Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Vice President for Student Affairs; General Counsel; and various deans, directors, and department chairs. The UNLV faculty plays an important policy-making role, with a faculty senate serving the institution. Students are represented on many of the institution’s committees.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is organized into the following academic units: the Colleges of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Honors, Hospitality, Liberal Arts, Sciences and Urban Affairs, the Academic Success Center, Schools of Business, Law, Dental Medicine, Medicine, Integrated Health Sciences, Public Health and Nursing and the Division of Educational Outreach. The Graduate College oversees masters and doctoral degree programs in a broad variety of disciplines.

In addition to the academic colleges, various other departments, divisions, and programs work cooperatively to support the major functions of the university.

Statement of Commitment to the Recruitment of Diverse Students at UNLV: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), along with other research-intensive public universities in the United States, recognizes that a student body that is diverse with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and geography among other dimensions of cultural difference, benefits and enriches the educational experiences of all students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, UNLV strives to recruit students who will further enrich this diversity and to foster their academic and personal success as integral members of our campus community. The presence and achievement of students from historically underrepresented groups at UNLV not only benefits these students individually, but also enhances the educational and interpersonal experiences of everyone in our campus community. UNLV actively encourages applicants whose racial and ethnic background are underrepresented in higher education in Nevada, who are first-generation college students, and/or those who have demonstrated financial need.

Statement on Diversity in the University Community: As an institution of higher learning, UNLV represents a rich diversity of human beings among its faculty, staff, and students and to promote a campus environment that situates inclusive excellence as central to our mission and vision. Accordingly, the university supports understanding and appreciation of all members of its community regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or political affiliation.

Unlawful Harassment, Personal Discrimination, and Retaliation: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, affirms that students and employees are entitled to an educational and employment environment free from unlawful harassment or personal discrimination and expressly prohibits unlawful harassment or personal discrimination of any individual among the university community engaged in educational or employment pursuits based on that individual’s race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation. Further, no student or employee shall be subject to retaliation for bringing a good-faith complaint pertaining to unlawful harassment or personal discrimination or for protesting such behavior directed against another member of the university community.

Reaffirmation of Commitment to Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity (EEO): The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation - except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or employment qualifications or where marital or veteran status are statutorily defined eligibility criteria for federal or state benefit programs. Further, the university seeks to promote campus diversity by enrolling and employing a larger number of minorities and women where these groups have historically been and continue to be under-represented within the university in relation to availability and may extend preference in initial employment to such individuals among substantially equally qualified candidates, as well as to veterans, Nevada residents, and current state employees seeking promotion.

This affirmation is published in accordance with 41 CFR 60 and is in keeping with Title VII & Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Executive Order 11246; the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1988; Nevada Revised Statutes; and the Code and Policies of the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

To ensure that equal educational and employment opportunity exists throughout the university, a results-oriented equal opportunity/affirmative action program has been implemented to overcome the effects of past discrimination and to eliminate any artificial barriers to educational or employment opportunities for all qualified individuals that may exist in any of our programs. The university aims to achieve, within all areas of the university community, a diverse student body, faculty, and staff capable of providing for excellence in the education of its students and for the enrichment of the university community.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, reaffirms its commitment to equality of educational and employment opportunity in its relationships with all members of the university community and its commitment to the elimination of any documented historical and continuing underutilization of women and minorities among the student body or employee complement. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is committed to this program and is aware that with its implementation, positive benefits will be received from the greater utilization and development of previously underutilized human resources.

Accreditation: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224

Program Accreditations:

  1. All programs at UNLV are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  2. UNLV’s international programs are approved by the Council on International Educational Exchange.
College Program Accredited by
School of Integrated Health Sciences  Dietetic Internship ACEND
Athletic Training Program (B.S.) caATe
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (DPT) CAPTE
Radiography, B.S. JRCERT
Health Physics - Environmental Option, M.S. ABET
Health Physics - Medical Physics, D.M.P. CAMPEP
Lee Business School Accounting – B.S. & M.S. AACSB
Economics – B.A., B.S., M.A. AACSB
Finance – B.S.B.A. AACSB
Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology – B.S.B.A. Entrepreneurship or Management or Information Management Graduate Certificate in Management Information Systems M.S. – Management Information Systems AACSB
Marketing & International Business – B.S.B.A. International Business or Marketing AACSB
E.M.B.A.- Executive Master of Business Administration AACSB
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration AACSB
Graduate Certificate in New Venture Management AACSB
M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration AACSB
School of Community Health Sciences  Health Care Administration, B.S. AUPHA
Public Health, M.P.H. CEPH
School of Dental Medicine   Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) CODA
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, Certificate CODA

Pediatric Dentistry, Certificate

General Practice Residency, Certificate

College of Education  School Psychology, Ed.S. NASP
Secondary Education in Art, B.A. NASAD
B.S., Secondary Education in Art NASAD
Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering  Construction Management, B.S. ACCE
Computer Science, B.S. Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET
Civil Engineering, B.S. Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Computer Engineering, B.S. Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Electrical Engineering, B.S. Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
College of Fine Arts   Landscape Architecture, B.L.A. LAAB
Architecture, M. Arch. NAAB
Interior Architecture & Design, B.S. CIDA
Art, B.A., Art History NASAD
Art, M.F.A, Studio Art  NASAD
Music, B.A. NASM
Music, B.M., Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Education, or Performance NASM
Music, M.M., Music Education, Performance, Conducting, or Composition NASM
Music, D.M.A., Applied Music NASM
William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration  Concentration in PGA Golf Management Professional Golfers’ Association of America
William S. Boyd School of Law  Juris Doctor, J.D. ABA
College of Liberal Arts  Ph.D. Psychology, Clinical Track APA
School of Medicine  M.D. LCME
School of Nursing  B.S.N. CCNE
College of Urban Affairs  M.P.A. NASPAA
Master of Marriage & Family Therapy COAMFT

School of Public Health

Health Care Administration, B.S. AUPHA
M.H.A. (Master of Health Care Administration) and Executive M.H.A.


Public Health - B.S., M.P.H., & Ph.D. CEPH


Las Vegas and the Southwest ^Top

Las Vegas itself has many attractions. Like any other large metropolitan area, the city has fine libraries, museums, community theater, art galleries, and parks that are enjoyed and supported by more than one million local residents. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States, southern Nevada is an example of modern urban living.

University cultural events provide yet another form of entertainment in a city that bills itself as the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” Two of the university’s yearly series, the Charles Vanda Master Series and the Barrick Lecture Series, are extremely popular with students and community residents.

The Charles Vanda Master Series offers visiting performers of the caliber of Isaac Stern, Andre Segovia, the London Symphony, and Itzhak Perlman. The Barrick Lecture Series brings well-known persons to campus for free public lectures on a variety of topics. Lecturers have included Walter Cronkite, Louis Rukeyser, Benazir Bhutto, Tom Wolfe, Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter, Cokie Roberts, and Mark Russell. The series also has featured important academicians such as Stephen Jay Gould, George Wald, Carl Sagan, Mortimer Adler, Jane Goodall, and Richard Leakey.

Of course, any college experience includes more than the intellectual stimulation of the classroom and the physical confines of the city and campus. It also takes color and character from the university’s larger environment. For UNLV, this is the Southwest.

Mild desert temperatures make outdoor recreation possible throughout the year in southern Nevada. Within a 30-mile radius lie the shores of Lake Mead, massive Hoover Dam and the Colorado River recreation area, the snow-skiing and hiking trails of 12,000-foot Mount Charleston, and a panorama of red rock mountains and eroded sandstone landscapes. In addition, the city is only four to five hours by car from the beaches of southern California and the national parks of Utah and Arizona.

Las Vegas enjoys a mild year-round climate, yet there are noticeable seasonal differences. The annual average temperature is 79 degrees, but it is not unusual for the mercury to hit the 110 degree mark during the summer and dip into the 30s in the winter. Annual rainfall amounts to only 3.5 inches, much of it falling in the winter when it is snowing in the nearby mountains.

Research Centers and Service Agencies


The university has more than 60 approved centers and institutes that conduct research or provide public service. For a current listing, visit www.unlv.edu/research/centers

UNLV/CSUN Preschool: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) / Consolidated Students University of Nevada (CSUN) Preschool is a division of the Department of Educational & Clinical Studies. The preschool is housed in the Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center on the UNLV Campus. The mission of the UNLV/CSUN Preschool is to provide a model inclusive early childhood program that serves children (6 weeks to 5 years of age) of students, faculty, staff and the surrounding campus community. Preschool.unlv.edu.

Desert Research Institute: The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is the environmental research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education. DRI conducts cutting-edge applied research in air, land and life, and water quality across Nevada, the United States and on every continent. With more than 500 employees and two main campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, DRI generates $50 million in total annual revenue. DRI’s faculty members are nontenured, entrepreneurial and responsible for their own salaries from external grants and contracts. This blend of academic rigor and private-sector pragmatism has earned DRI a reputation for delivering rapid, high quality environmental science in a businesslike fashion. www.dri.edu

Division of Educational Outreach: The Division of Educational Outreach at UNLV is committed to creating an environment that promotes quality instruction, professional development, and community engagement. Our courses and programs are monitored through established procedures with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, and are assessed with regard to student achievement. This practice serves as a process to help identify and inspire firm education and training practices of all our offerings for the purpose of in-house reporting and meeting the NWCCU standards. edoutreach.unlv.edu/

Division of Research and Economic Development: UNLV’s Division of Research and Economic Development is committed to creating a campus environment that supports and promotes the performance of superior research and innovative scholarly pursuits. The division is dedicated to helping university faculty, staff, and students continue building UNLV’s reputation as a nationally recognized research institution. It is our intent to help “open the doors” to research for all who wish to recognize their full creative and intellectual potential. http://www.unlv.edu/research/.

English Language Center: The English Language Center helps students make a smooth transition from their English as a second language courses to their academic studies within chosen degree programs at UNLV. In addition to a full schedule of credit classes, convenient schedules, and an advising program, the ELC offers students an opportunity to experience the language, culture, and people of the United States. http://www.unlv.edu/elc.

International Center for Gaming Regulation: The International Center for Gaming Regulation is aimed at bringing about pioneering change in the way gaming policy regulation is approached, a change which furthers global and local collaborative efforts to enhance the rigor with which regulation is engaged. The Center will promote research into understanding and improving regulation; work with regulators and other stakeholders worldwide to ensure they have the information, knowledge and tools to analyze and improve gaming policies and regulation in their jurisdiction; and promote appropriate policies, legislation and regulatory standards that are proportionate and consistent with international best practices.

Language Resource Center: The center supports the English Language Center and World Languages and Cultures in language instruction by providing computers, technical support, and a variety of multimedia tools to assist and enhance both classroom instruction and self-study by language students. The center also supports UNLV as an open lab available to all students, staff, and faculty.lrc.unlv.edu/.

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art: The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art and Donald H. Baepler Xeric Garden are centrally located on UNLV’s campus (between Lied Library and Wright Hall). The Museum and Xeric Garden offer opportunities to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind’s collective heritage through an active exhibition schedule, educational programming and exciting events for all ages. Outdoors, you’ll find the 1.5 acre garden, featuring drought-tolerant plants from Australia, South America, Mexico, and the Mediterranean. www.unlv.edu/barrickmuseum.

Math Learning Center: The MLC is a collaborative Retention, Progression, Completion-driven initiative sponsored by the College of Sciences, the College of Education, Educational Outreach, the Graduate College, and the Office of the Senior Vice Provost. The MLC was established to focus on effective completions for students in gateway and college math courses.

Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC ): The Nevada SBDC at UNLV is a statewide resource for business assistance, providing a unique array of services, expertise, and training in all areas including starting, growth, and development of a business. The Nevada SBDC also offers information and guidance in understanding and complying with environmental regulations. In addition, the Nevada SBDC provides useful information and analysis of the economy, environment, and demographic data to help businesses, government, and other organizations promote economic growth in their communities.

This program provides guidance to entrepreneurs who are contemplating the formation of new businesses by offering practical and accessible information that can provide a path through the legal, regulatory, and business landscape.

Additionally, the Nevada SBDC networks with members of a variety of local groups, including Chambers of Commerce, the tech community, and under-represented communities within the urban areas of our community.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an SBDC counselor, please call: 702-876-0003.

For more information, including a complete training calendar for the Nevada SBDC, please visit: www.nevadasbdc.org

Oak Ridge Associated Universities: Since 1993, students and faculty of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium of colleges and universities and a management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members. For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact 702-895-5980.

Office of Information Technology: The office supports teaching, research, scholarly and creative production, and administration through the effective management and use of information technology resources. The services provided include development and support of applications and information systems; hardware and software maintenance, repair, and replacement in teaching and research facilities as well as student laboratories; assistance with the development of instructional programs that are less restricted by time and place than those delivered by traditional means; access to the latest in instructional technology; and access to research computing resources. Additional information about the Office of Information Technology can be found at www.it.unlv.edu.

Office of Diversity Initiatives: UNLV is Diverse. As a university we have celebrated this identity and it’s important that we continue to embody these traits and live them every day. This means embracing our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and continuing to be receptive to change, listening to others with an open mind, and supporting each other in our differences.

The mission of the Office of Diversity Initiatives (ODI) is to provide leadership and support for UNLV’s diversity mission.  ODI will accomplish this by facilitating policy creation; supporting strategies that enhance professional development, mentoring, recruitment and retention; as well as working in collaboration with campus and community partners to foster and encourage cultural intelligence.

UNLV Undocumented Student Program (USP)
The UNLV Undocumented Student Program (USP) provides services, resources, and support to undocumented students and mixed-status families on our campus. Through a variety of workshops, trainings, programs, and partnerships with students, campus allies, and community stakeholders, USP strives to support all members of the UNLV community. Through advocacy for educational equity and by fostering an inclusive and welcoming campus environment, USP is committed to empowering and celebrating undocumented student resilience. 

Resource Coordinator

The Intersection:  The Intersection: Academic Multicultural Resource Center serves as a comprehensive and sustainable center for UNLV first generation college students, students of color, faculty and staff. Through targeted programing and partnerships with academic colleges, departments, community stakeholders and organizations, The Intersection is designed to cultivate success for first generation and students of color by serving as an intersecting campus resource that provides access, resources, and linkages to research, people, information, and services designed to cultivate success for first generation students and students of color attending UNLV.

Summer Term: Summer Term provides a variety of opportunities for students to achieve graduation sooner. Summer courses have the same academic content as Fall and Spring but move at a much faster pace. Many students enjoy the structure of attending courses five days a week for three to five weeks. This format enables students to immerse themselves in the subject material and advance their progress in obtaining their degree. summerterm.unlv.edu

Thomas and Mack Legal Clinic: The clinic is an interdisciplinary law office in which specially licensed law students work with graduate-level social work and education students under the supervision of law faculty to represent youth and adult clients in a variety of legal matters, including child welfare, education, juvenile justice, immigration, and criminal defense. The pedagogical, research and service goals of the clinic include fostering an understanding of the law in action and the interconnected nature of the problems and systems that operate in the lives of clients.

UNLV UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES:  The University Libraries define the new academic research library – bringing people and information together in innovative ways. As UNLV emerges as a leading urban research institution, the Libraries pioneer dynamic, user-focused methods of reaching, connecting, and engaging learners. Encompassing more than 327,000 total square feet of space in six facilities, the main Lied Library and four specialized branch libraries in architecture, education, health sciences, and music offer collections, services, and expert assistance to UNLV students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The University Libraries contribute to and support learners as they discover, access, and use information effectively for academic success, research, and lifelong learning. Librarians work to prepare students not just for academic success, but for informed decision-making in careers and as citizens. Librarians work directly with students through a program of course-integrated library instruction, and with faculty on research assignment design and course preparation.

Library Resources & Services

  • UNLV library collections reflect the broad range of UNLV’s academic programs, offering open stacks for browsing a collection of more than 1.2 million print volumes and more than 1.3 million electronic books.
  • The Libraries’ website – https://www.library.unlv.edu/ – connects users to both the print and digital collections, including more than 300 library databases, 80,000 online and print journals, and more than 1.5 million microforms, videos, CDs, maps, and government documents.
  • Additional materials are available from libraries worldwide though interlibrary loan – http://guides.library.unlv.edu/interlibraryloan
  • UNLV students, faculty, and staff may check out material with their RebelCard which serves as a library card for material checkout and renewals.
  • Access to online resources from off-campus is easy – log in with your ACE account.
  • The Textbook Reserve Program (through a partnership with CSUN) provides short-term (2-hour and 24-hour) checkout of key textbooks from many general education courses. To find items on course reserves, visit this site: https://www.library.unlv.edu/services/reserves/
  • Anatomical models and 3D-molecular model kits are available for student checkout at the Main Circulation Desk in Lied Library.
  • Located in Lied Library, a Career Collection offers print resources related to jobs, careers, resumes, standardized tests and more; items can be checked out for a 7-day check-out period.
  • The Leisure Zone, located on the 2nd Floor of Lied Library, features a Leisure Reading Collection that consists of recently published fiction and non-fiction titles that can be checked out for 3 weeks. DVDs of feature films are also available for check out.
  • Founded in 1967, Special Collections houses unique and specialized research collections on Las Vegas, Southern Nevada, the gaming industry, and UNLV in a variety of formats, including dynamic digital collections, oral history, films, maps, manuscripts, music scores, and architectural drawings. For more information on collections, events, and exhibitions, visit our website at: https://www.library.unlv.edu/speccol

Research Assistance

  • Research assistance is available in a variety of way – in-person, via chat, by telephone, via text message, via email. Assistance is available at the Research Assistance Desk in Lied Library and in all four branches. Visit our website at:https://www.library.unlv.edu/ask
  • Individual, personalized research consultations may be set up in advance with a specific librarian – http://guides.library.unlv.edu/appointments – librarians meet with researchers one-on-one (or in small groups) in the dedicated Research Consultation Room in Lied Library or in branch libraries. Personalized research consultations may also be done via telephone or email or virtually. The Libraries have a dedicated Research Consultation Room where librarians can meet one-on-one with individuals or with small groups to discuss research topics and projects, help researchers identify and evaluate sources, and learn how to search library resources effectively.
  • Need help with a specific subject? Every college and discipline has an assigned librarian with special subject expertise  - https://www.library.unlv.edu/contact/librarians_by_subject
  • The Libraries host a series of workshops each semester, on topics ranging from critical reading to creating a research poster to workshops on specific tools like RefWorks. These offerings all aim to support students with their research and education needs – to find out more, check out: https://www.library.unlv.edu/services/instruction/workshops

Library Technology

  • More than 700 computers are available in Lied Library and branches and can be used to access web-based information resources as well as productivity software.
  • UNLV students can log into library computers with their ACE account and password.
  • The Libraries offer a wide variety of technology on loan including laptop computers, cameras, voice recorders, projectors, virtual reality headsets, digital microscopes, musical keyboards and more. To view items available for checkout, visit the website: http://guides.library.unlv.edu/equipmentcheckout
  • Lied Library features the Knowledge Production Lab with specialized hardware and software to create multimedia projects and presentations.
  • Self-service printing and photocopying machines are available in all library locations.

Learning Spaces

  • More than 3,100 study spaces are available including individual study spaces with quiet and silent zones in all library facilities.
  • A variety of group study spaces including many with computers and productivity software are available in all library facilities for group use.
  • The Libraries have four classrooms dedicated to support library instruction.
  • Located in Lied Library, a Graduate Commons provides dedicated work and study space for graduate students to work independently or in groups.
  • In partnership with the Libraries, the Academic Success Center offers free tutoring on a drop-in basis for a variety of UNLV courses throughout the school year. For more information, visit the ASC Tutoring website at: https://www.unlv.edu/asc/tutoring
  • The Book ‘N Bean coffee shop is located in Lied Library.

Branch Libraries

Four branch libraries are part of the University Libraries.

  • The Architecture Studies Library provides access to resources and reference assistance in the areas of architecture, building and construction, urban planning, landscape architecture, and interior design in support of the academic needs of the School of Architecture. Visit the ASL online at: https://www.library.unlv.edu/arch/
  • Located in the northeast corner of the Beam Music Center, the Music Library houses a small music reference collection, more than 35,000 scores, and more than 13,000 recordings, DVDs, and other media in support of teaching, performances, and research for the School of Music. Visit the Music Library online at: https://www.library.unlv.edu/music/index.php
  • The Teacher Development & Resources Library (TDRL) supports the teacher education programs within the UNLV College of Education as well as P12 educators in the Las Vegas community. With more than 30,000 items across a wide range of collections (including children’s and young adult literature, professional materials for educators, graphic novels, P12 textbooks, and activity kits), the TDRL is a leading resource center for Southern Nevada’s education community. Students and Southern Nevada educators can engage with TDRL staff members to find solutions to their teaching/educational needs and take advantage of the variety of resources, services, and expertise the TDRL offers. Visit the library online at: https://www.library.unlv.edu/tdrl
  • The Health Sciences Library (HSL) is the newest branch library of the University Libraries and serves UNLV’s new School of Medicine as well as existing health sciences programs and students located at our Shadow Lane campus. The current HSL is located in two locations: 1) The Information Commons at Shadow Lane is reserved for medical school students, and 2) The library at 2040 West Charleston on the 5th Floor serves all other health sciences students, faculty, and staff of UNLV and health care practitioners in Southern Nevada. Visit the HSL online at: https://www.library.unlv.edu/hsl

University of Nevada Press: The University of Nevada Press publishes high-quality, deserving works that advance scholarly research, contribute to the understanding and appreciation of regional history and culture, and reach a wide range of academic and general readers. Publication is done in a fiscally responsible manner that reflects the highest editorial, design, and production standards. www.unpress.nevada.edu/.

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE): is a regional, nonprofit organization. Membership includes the 15 western states and the U.S. Pacific Islands and Freely Associated States. WICHE and its 15 member states work to improve access to higher education and ensure student success. Its student exchange programs, regional initiatives, and research and policy work allow it to assist constituents throughout the West and beyond.

Residents of WICHE states can gain affordable access to programs, states avoid costly and unnecessary duplication of programs and facilities, and colleges and universities can devote their resources to improving the quality of their educational offerings. www.wiche.edu/