Calvin T. Ryan Library

University of Nebraska Kearney
2508 11th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849-2240

Tel: (308) 865-8535
Fax: (308) 865-8722

Dean of the Library
Janet Wilke

Email: wilkej@unk.edu
Tel: (308) 865-8546

About the Library

Library Collections

  • Books: Over 210,000 print titles and over 250,000 print volumes. More than 215,000 e-book titles.
  • Periodicals & Journals: Over 600 print subscriptions, and more than 120,000 periodical volumes. Online access to around 89,000 full-text electronic journals.
  • Online Databases: The library subscribes to more than 250 online databases and e-resources including Academic Search Premier, Academic OneFile, JSTOR, LexisNexis, and Ebooks on EBSCOhost.
  • More about the library: The library has collections in other formats, including: compact discs, DVDs, games, kits, and more.
  • University Special Collections & Archives: The Library's Special Collection is a collection of about 2,600 published items, concerning the history of Nebraska, the Plains, and the West. Some of the items are rare and many of them are irreplaceable. Items are cataloged and searchable via the library catalog. UNK Archives collects unique materials related to the past and present of the university; this includes the history of education and the history of central and western Nebraska. Items date from 1905 to the present and include papers, film, pictures, digital files, and much more.
  • UNK Archives collects unique materials related to the past and present of the university; other foci include the history of education and the history of central and western Nebraska. Items date from 1905 to the present and include papers, film, pictures, digital files, and much more.
  • United States Government Depository: The Calvin T. Ryan Library has been a selective U.S. Government Depository since 1962. The collection consists of items in print and micro-formats with access to thousands of government publications in online formats. The online collection grows by about 1000 documents per month.
  • Nebraska State Government Depository: The Library is also a Nebraska State Depository with items in print, micro- and online formats.
  • In Brief Online News and information from the Calvin T. Ryan Library @ UNK
  • In Brief: Library newsletter from 2007 to 2016

Software & Technology


Computer Labs

Main Floor Lab
Main Floor Computer Lab

  • Hovercam Solo 8+ document camera
  • Aver Media camera
  • Wacom Tablet
  • 10 laptops in the cart
  • 10 laptops available at Circulation Department

East Lower Level Lab
East Lower Level Lab

  • Hovercam Solo 8+ document camera
  • Aver Media camera
  • Wacom Tablet
  • 30 desktops

West Lower Level Lab
West Lower Level Lab

  • Hovercam Solo 8+ document camera
  • Aver Media camera
  • Wacom Tablet
  • 20 desktops



Additional Rooms

To reserve a class or meeting room please contact a librarian.

Curriculum Classroom
Curriculum Classroom

  • Located on the east side of lower level
  • Hovercam Solo 8+ document camera
  • Aver Media camera

Curriculum Meeting Room
Curriculum Meeting Room

  • Located on north side of lower level
  • Cart Projector with desktop
  • TV with DVD player
  • Soft seating
  • Tables for study groups

Jennings Room
Jennings Room

  • Located on northwest corner of second floor
  • Hovercam Solo 8+ document camera
  • Tables for study groups
  • Seating Capacity - 16



Lactation Room

Calvin T. Ryan Library provides a lactation room for students, faculty, and staff, and is available all hours that the library is open. This room is located on the main floor of the library. The room is available on a first-come, first served and is equipped with a changing table, rocking chair, and sink. Please visit the Circulation Desk if you have any questions.


Study Rooms

The library has four study rooms available for student use. Social Work students may reserve Room 115A, located on the main floor. The remaining study rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.


Quiet Spaces for Online Meetings

Along with the Study Rooms the library has identified several locations that can provide a quiet space for online meetings. These spaces are highlighted in green.

First Floor Quiet Spaces
Second Floor Quiet Spaces
Lower Level Quiet Spaces


Artwork

Lower Level:

  • Ed Dadey Field Piece, Assemblage
  • Robert C. Therien, Jr. Watergarden I Plus II - Rumors, Oil on Canvas
  • Harold Holoun Platte River Skyscape, Oil on Canvas

First Floor:

  • Robert Benzel Passages, Fiber Work
  • George Lundeen The Flatlander, Bronze
  • Dan Howard Summer by the Platte, Oil on Canvas
  • Keith Lowry Northwest of 70th, Oil on Canvas
  • Marilyn Belschner Calvin T. Ryan, Pastel
  • Frederic Remington The Bronco Buster, Bronze Replica
  • Vanacker title unknown, Colored Etching
  • Pierre Les Bicoques, Colored Etching
  • Artist unknown After Van Neste, Colored Etching
  • Artist unknown title unknown, Reproduction of Colored Etching
  • Debra Babbitt Calla Lilies, Watercolor
  • E. Araki Fee, Colored Lithograph
  • Charles Welch Unnatural Wonder, Photo Engraving

Second Floor:

  • Raeford Lewis Abstraction #3, Oil on Canvas
  • Kimberly Wills Skating Heritage, Watercolor/Prismacolor
  • Robert Wood Rocky Coast, Reproduction of Oil Painting