The University of Nebraska at Omaha does not have a law school, so Criss Library's legal holdings are limited to a few key reference works. We own the U.S. Statutes at Large and U.S. Code; and the Laws of Nebraska and Nebraska Revised Statutes. We also have the United States Reports, Nebraska Reports, and Nebraska Appellate Reports. In addition we keep the current year of the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal Register. These series are all shelved in the Reference collection, and you may click their titles below to link to the catalog records and find the call numbers.
While the library has only a modest legal collection, we do subscribe to four commercial databases, which taken together are roughly equivalent to the reference and journal holdings of a law library: NexisUNI, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and Legal Information Reference Center. These databases encompass codes and statutes for the U.S. government and all fifty states; published decisions of the U.S. courts and the courts of all fifty states; and articles published in over 700 law review journals. The Legal Information Reference Center focuses on consumer-level information, including the very popular NOLO Press legal reference guides. Anyone may visit the library to search the databases, but off-campus access is restricted by license to currently-enrolled UNO students.
The Nebraska Legislature has released floor debate transcripts through its Internet site at https://nebraskalegislature.gov/transcripts/. The online transcripts extend back to the 82nd Legislature (1971-1972). Some earlier records remain available at Criss Library as described below:
The key to research on Nebraska legislative history lies in finding pertinent legislative bill numbers (LBXXXX) and years, which can be used as index points to track the legislature's actions. Keep in mind that each legislature numbers bills starting from one, so you need to know not only the bill number, but also the pertinent year. For example, it is not enough to know that you are interested in LB775, because every legislature can have a LB775. You need to know that you are interested in LB775 of a specific year.
Schmid Law Library of the University of Nebraska College of Law and the Law Library of the Creighton University School of Law serve as the two comprehensive law libraries in Nebraska.
Researchers engaged in in-depth legal research may well find it necessary to visit one of these libraries. We recommend that they first contact the libraries to inquire about collections and services.