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JCSU and Knowledge Center

Campus Resources

The University of Nevada, Reno is dedicated to providing its students with all the resources they need to have a successful academic career. UNR is a Research One university, and students have access to extensive print and media-based resources at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, the main university library.

Graduate students looking to take courses and get involved beyond the English Department may be interested in UNR’s Gender, Race, and Identity Program. Students seeking options for additional funding, or for social, academic, and leadership opportunities can find them through UNR’s Graduate Student Association. Additional support services and social opportunities can be found through the Center for Student Cultural Diversity, which welcomes all university students.

For a virtual tour of the UNR campus, including 360° panoramas, click here.

UNR Library

An indispensible resource on the UNR campus, the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center combines traditional library resources with new digital and multimedia technologies. At 295,000 square feet and five-stories tall, the Knowledge Center is both the intellectual and cultural hub of the UNR campus.

In the main library, the Knowledge Center houses over 1 million volumes of books and journals, plus 15,000+ electronic journals and a growing collection of electronic books. In Special Collections, researchers have access to manuscripts, architectural records, and historical maps, in addition to more than 200,000 photographs, and over 20,000 volumes of historical, rare, and artists’ books. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, the Knowledge Center has excellent Interlibrary Loan agreements to make sure you always have access to all the research materials you need. Check out the library's home page.

Additionally, the Knowledge Center is the home to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame the @One computer and multimedia center, and the Basque Studies Library and Center for Basque Studies, the only Center for Basque Studies in the United States.

The Knowledge Center also contains a 163-seat auditorium with stage, an art gallery, a sculpture garden, and special exhibit areas.

The Knowledge Center is an ideal study location as there are computers available throughout the library featuring extensive online databases, multiple group study rooms, and quiet study locations. Graduate students have dedicated study space within the Faculty & Graduate Reading Room, a large, spacious, and comfortable area located on the fourth floor of the Knowledge Center. Private study carrels may be reserved on an annual basis.

Bytes Cafe, which serves the popular Peet’s Coffee, is easily accessible on the main floor of the library. Additional food and drink concessions are available next door at the Joe Crowley Student Union.

To find out more about the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, click here.

Gender, Race, and Identity Program

The Gender, Race and Identity (GRI) program is an umbrella of several majors and minors, with a graduate certificate program, designed to enhance students’ understanding of the roles gender, race, and difference have played in shaping history, culture, and identity. The program is designed to enrich participants’ scholarly understanding of these issues and is open to graduate students from multiple disciplines across campus, including English.

Students wishing to earn a GRI Certificate as part of their graduate studies must complete 12 credits of approved coursework. To find out more about the GRI program, click here.

Graduate Student Association

JCSU Lounge

At UNR, the Graduate Student Associations functions as one of our graduate students’ greatest support services, offering funding to attend conferences, computer loans, and low-cost household items. In addition, the GSA offers a variety of loans and merit-based scholarships to graduate students.

GSA sponsors a number of social events throughout the semester, including a beginning of the semester wine and cheese social, and end of the semester breakfast and massage.

Visit them in person at the Joe Crowley Student Union or online. The Student Union, which meets LEED Silver certification for sustainability, features five fireplaces and many lounge areas whose full-length, south-facing windows afford spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) Bookstore (and convenience store) stocks a wide range of university apparel, office supplies, textbooks, and computers, all tax-free. The eight restaurants and coffee shops inside "the Joe" cater to a diversity of tastes.

Center for Student Cultural Diversity

Center for Student Cultural Diversity

The Center for Student Cultural Diversity is a comprehensive intercultural office which offers support services for all students on the UNR campus, while placing emphasis on students that self-identify as African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, American Indian, Hispanic/Latino, Multiracial/Biracial, First-Generation, Income-qualified, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT).

All programs and services are offered at no cost and include: academic advisement, leadership development, retention services, financial management counseling, career and major exploration, time management, goal setting, and study skills training. Additionally, the Center sponsors a number of intercultural student orgßanizations, while students who wish to simply study or relax can do so in the Center’s computer lab, study area, or plasma TV, Blu-Ray, and video game lounge.

Visit the Center in person at the Joe Crowley Student Union or online.