Special Collections

Collections List

AFRICAN-AMERICAN

African American Collection
West Las Vegas Library

The African American Special Collection consists of specialized materials by and about African Americans. The emphasis of the collection is on the African American experience in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the West. The core collection consists of books, periodicals, government publications, videos, and other audiovisual materials. The collection also provides a file of pamphlets, newspaper clippings and photographs.

The contents of the African American Collection were developed under a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Nevada State Library and Archives. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Nevada State Library and Archives and there is no implicit endorsement by the state or federal government.

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ASIAN

Asian Culture Collection
Spring Valley Library

The Asian Culture Collection is a multimedia collection which includes books, audiocassettes, videos, newspapers and periodicals. Materials are available in many of the Asian languages. The collection also includes books written in English that reflect the various cultures of Asian countries. Currently, Spring Valley Library's Asian Culture Collection has over 2,000 titles.

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HEALTH & MEDICAL

Health Science Library (Disclaimer) located within the West Charleston Library offers a wide variety of health-related materials, resources and services to the general public and provides supplemental support to the Health Professions programs at the College of Southern Nevada. The circulating collection provides books, videos and audio materials. The reference collection features resources for research on health and medical topics. The collection includes periodicals that range from consumer health magazines to core medical journals.  In addition, the library provides specialized databases that will assist the library user with locating the most current information available.
Consumer Health Connection offers Internet access to authoritative sources that will assist the consumer with making informed healthcare decisions.  The selected sources are designed to assist the user in locating current health information to better understand their condition. While the direct Internet sites have been evaluated for quality, accuracy and currency, the Library cannot vouch for information linked from each web site. This site was developed with funding awarded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region.

For more information or assistance in locating materials please contact West Charleston's Health Science Library staff at 702.507.3944.

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INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES

International Languages Collection
Sahara West Library

The International Languages Room at the Sahara West Library has become a precious resource for the people of Clark County — a beautiful space in which residents who are comfortable with non-English languages can find information and recreation. Over the past decade Las Vegas has become an international crossroads, and the library, in an effort to truly reflect its community, has dedicated itself to creating an outstanding collection of print and audio-visual materials for our patrons.

We opened the doors to this very special collection in the winter of 2001, and a welcoming ceremony was held for the community in May of 2002 in conjunction with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The International Languages Room places a special emphasis on Asian languages, but languages from around the globe are represented in our collection.

Included in this collection are both fiction and non-fiction books and for those who are interested in learning English, ESL (English as a Second Language) materials. The room also houses our language learning collection for English speakers who wish to learn a foreign language.

Fast Facts About the International Languages Room at Sahara West:

  • 500 square feet
  • A special collection of books, magazines, newspapers and videos in 37 different languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Chinese, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Serbian, Vietnamese.
  • The collection consists of over 7,000 fiction and non-fiction books and about 25 magazine and newspaper titles.
  • And English as a Second Language (ESL) books and DVDs.

Call 702.507.3630 for more information.

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GAMING/LOCAL HISTORY

Jack I. Gardner Special Collections Room for Local History & Gaming
Las Vegas Library

The Las Vegas history collection includes books, a biographical clipping file, microfilm, maps and a newspaper index. The newspaper index is the primary source for locating historical information regarding local events in Las Vegas and Clark County. It indexes information from the Las Vegas-Review Journal and the Las Vegas Sun newspapers. Scrapbooks and other documents concerning the history of the Library District are also available in this collection.

The gaming collection provides an overview of the gaming industry and the casinos. There are specific books on gaming which provide "how-to" information on games played in the Las Vegas casinos and information on older games as well. The collection includes periodicals, videos, and books.

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SOUTHERN NEVADA NONPROFIT INFORMATION CENTER (SoNNPIC)

Foundation Center logo

Clark County Library

As the Southern Nevada Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center (based in New York), the Southern Nevada Nonprofit Information Center (SoNNPIC) provides information on charitable foundations, corporate givers and government sources of funding for nonprofit groups. The collection contains directories, reference guides and periodicals about grantseeking, proposal writing, nonprofit management, and related subjects. SoNNPIC provides free access to the Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants for Individuals. Trained staff present monthly workshops on a variety of topics including proposal writing, funding resources, and networking. Individual or small group training is also available by appointment.

Foundation Directory Online Professional
Foundation Directory Online Professional - Only available on in-house computers at the Clark County Library.

Allows you to search 95,000+ foundations; 3,600 corporate givers and grantmaking public charities, as well as a file of 1.6 million grants from the largest foundations. Call us at 702.507.3421 to arrange a convenient time to use this resource.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online - Only available on in-house computers at the Clark County Library.

An online database of more than 6,500+ foundations and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers and other individual grantseekers. Call us at 702.507.3421 to arrange a convenient time to use this resource.

Philanthropy In/Sight
Philanthropy In/Sight - Only available on in-house computers at the Clark County Library.

In/Sight combines the Foundation Center's rich data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. Plus, users can overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create compelling visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs. Call us at 702.507.3421 to arrange a convenient time to use this resource.

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GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

Federal Depository Library Program
Las Vegas Library

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to Government's information. FDLP contains items in paper, microfiche, CD-ROM and DVDs. The Las Vegas Library Clark County Library District, serving the 1st U.S. Congressional District, was designated a Federal depository in 1974. 13% of the available materials are selected by LVCCLD; the depository collection is located at Las Vegas Library.

Many government documents also are available online through the Internet. The Government Printing Office provides Federal documents through their web page. Most Federal branches and agencies also maintain websites. Popular examples are the White House web page and the Social Security Administration.

U.S. Government and World Governments: Information and Documents

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