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Information Nevada: Special Materials

Special Materials


Most out-of-state libraries have strict limitations on lending and photocopying genealogical materials in addition to restrictions on doing extensive research.  Hence, obtaining genealogical materials can be a slow process.  NSLAPR can check requests not filled within Nevada on the microfiche catalog of the Sutro Library in California. 

When patrons request specific genealogical titles (e.g., family histories or county histories) advise them that most libraries do not circulate these items and they charge for photocopies. If the patron can provide specific surnames or other desired information, some libraries will provide photocopies of those entries.  If there is a charge involved, be sure to find out how much the patron is willing to pay.  Libraries in Nevada can send requests directly to the Sutro Library for genealogical materials; however, titles must be verified as being owned by Sutro first.

You can access the web site of the California State Library, Sacramento, at, or go directly to their catalogs at

Census Material

NSLAPR owns Nevada census microfilm and will lend it to any Nevada library. Indexes can be checked by the Reference Staff to help identify the needed reels.

Nevada Talking Book Services

The Nevada Talking Book Services processes all requests for Talking Books patrons. The reader notifies the Library directly and gives the title of the item and the format (cassette, disc or Braille) desired.  The state is served by Nevada Talking Book Services (775-684-3354 Reno/Carson City area; 1-800-922-9334 statewide).

Large print books are not considered special material and are not handled through the Talking Book Program. Large print books should be requested through normal interlibrary loan channels.

Requests for Braille materials or services are handled by NSLAPR's Nevada Talking Book Services.

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Nevada State Library, Archives
and Public Records

100 N. Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Telephone: (775) 684-3339

Library Services

Telephone: (775) 684-3360
Information and Reference: (775) 684-3360
Government Publications: (775) 684-3332
Fax: (775) 684-3330
Ask a Librarian

Library Development

Telephone: (775) 684-3367
Fax: (775) 684-3311

Talking Books

Telephone: (775) 684-3367
Fax: (775) 684-3355


Telephone: (775) 684-3310
Fax: 775) 684-3371
Ask An Archivist

Records Management

Telephone: (775) 684-3411
Fax: (775) 684-3426
Ask State Records

Imaging and Preservation Services

Telephone: (775) 684-3414
Fax: (775) 684-3408