Lied Library


The Lied Library building, at 5 stories and 302,000 square feet (28,100 m2), is the largest on University of Nevada, Las Vegas's (UNLV) campus in Paradise, Nevada. The Architect of Record was Simpson Coulter Studio (formerly Welles Pugsley Architects). The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries were established in 1957 and now include the main Lied Library (pronounced LEED), four branch libraries: Architecture Studies Library, Health Sciences Library, Teacher Development & Resources Library, and Music Library. In addition, one virtual campus is supported (Singapore Campus). The UNLV University Libraries offers a collection of more than one million volumes, access to over 20,000 online and print journals and more than 2 million additional resources of various media such as microfilm, DVDs, and government publications. The library is equipped with over 250 computers and is part of the campus wireless network. Visitors with identification may use library computers to access the University Libraries' online holdings, but Internet access is not available to the general public.[1]

Lied Library

Special featuresEdit

The $55.3 million Lied Library first opened its doors on January 8, 2001. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries was recognized for several technological innovations, including:

Lied Automated Storage and RetrievalEdit

The Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval (LASR) 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 items such as older bound periodicals, lesser-used government publications, and microforms are stored in LASR.[2]

Media Distribution SystemEdit

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 play back VHS, DVDs, CDs, audio cassettes and 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.[3]

Digital IDEdit

Lied Library, Teacher Development and Resource 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 hand held 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. The Architecture Studies Library incorporated the same system during the summer of 2006.[4]

Special Collections and Archives: GamingEdit

Las Vegas is the premier gaming destination in the United States, and one of the premier destinations in the world. Special Collections and Archives at the Lied Library of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of gaming materials. These include books, periodicals, as well as visual materials and oral histories. The collection spans the history of gaming since the 16th century and focuses of gaming globally and not just centered in Las Vegas. It includes manuscripts dating back to the 16th century that trace the development of games as well as many editions of Edmund Hoyle's games, from his original 1742 treatise on Whist, to the New Modern Hoyle.[5]

Th collections houses some of the corporate archives from some of the largest gaming corporations in the world. In 2003, Harrah’s donated its extensive corporate archive of letters, memos, newsletters, photographs, etc.[6] Other collections include corporate material from MGM, Boyd Gaming, and Binion’s Horseshoe. Going beyond the industry itself, the collection houses architectural drawings of current, past and never build casinos. It also includes the corporate papers of one aspect of Las Vegas that is iconic – neon signs. Most of those were built by the Young Electric Sign Company. The company’s papers include sketches, designs and photographs of many of these signs.[7] (As an aside, many of these original signs can be found at The Neon Museum, Las Vegas.[8])

The collection not only serves researchers and those interested in the history of gaming, but also serves the Las Vegas gaming business community, providing extensive data collection and analysis used by many gaming executives. This data is essential as it provides a look at trends which will affect the industry in the coming months. [9]

In order to promote awareness, Special Collections has turned to technology, incorporating a “What’s New” RSS feed into the site and turning to social media. It currently has a dedicated Facebook presence, “UNLV Special Collections and Archives” which largely includes the same material as the RSS feed. Other tools include a Google like search tool, Web 2.0 integration and patron feedback features.[10]


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  2. ^ "UNLV Libraries University Libraries Fact Sheet". Archived from the original on 2004-10-12.
  3. ^ "UNLV Libraries University Libraries Fact Sheet". Archived from the original on 2004-10-12.
  4. ^ "UNLV Libraries University Libraries Fact Sheet". Archived from the original on 2004-10-12.
  5. ^ "Special Collections & Archives | University Libraries".
  6. ^ Simpson, J. (2003, October 25). Harrah"s donates corporate archive to UNLV gaming center. Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV), p. 2D.
  7. ^ Chung, S. K. (2003). Las Vegas: Behind the Glitz. American Libraries, 34(4), 80–82
  8. ^ The Neon Museum Las Vegas;
  9. ^ Velotta, R. (2017, February 11). Gaming numbers cruncher has lots to digest. Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV), p. 2D. (
  10. ^ Sommer, Thomas. “UNLV Special Collections in the Twenty-First Century.” Information technology and libraries 28.4 (2009): 184–186. Web.

External linksEdit

  • UNLV Libraries webpage
  • UNLV Teacher Development & Resources Library
  • UNLV Special Collections
  • UNLV Architecture Studies Library
  • UNLV Music Library
  • UNLV Health Sciences Library
  • UNLV Digital Collections
  • UNLV Libraries - A Brief History
  • Lied Library Construction Photo Archive
  • Lied Library Mission and Vision Statement


  • Starkweather, Wendy. University Libraries Fact Sheet. University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries. Last updated: Sept 7, 2005. Accessed: June 4, 2007.
  • Chung, Su Kim. UNLV Libraries - A Brief History Accessed: June 4, 2007.

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