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Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library

The Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL) is the public office for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG)—Nevada's state geological survey.
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The following resources are available at the NBMG Publication Sales and Information Office:

  • NBMG geologic maps and reports
  • U.S. Geological Survey geologic maps and publications
  • U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps
  • Aerial photographs
  • Cuttings, core, and well records for oil, gas, and geothermal
  • General geological and mining information


NBMG Publication Sales and Information Office
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Located in the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library
2175 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

Phone: (775) 682-8766
Fax: (775) 784-6690
Email: nbmg@unr.edu
Web: pubs.nbmg.unr.edu
Map: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/_docs/GBSSRL/GBSSRL_map_directions.pdf

Hours of operation:
Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., PST
We are closed on State of Nevada holidays.


Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Our Mission

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada and is the state geological survey. NBMG is part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering within the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. NBMG scientists conduct research and publish reports on mineral resources, engineering geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology, and geologic mapping.

GBSSRL
Our Vision

The GBSSRL is a unique resource facility that collects, catalogs, and develops databases for geologic samples, exploratory cores, drill-hole logs, geologic and mine maps, rock assays, mining records and reports, aerial photographs, and many other items related to the geology, geologic hazards, and the mineral and energy resources of Nevada.

The GBSSRL was constructed in 2009 and houses over 350,000 mining and geologic samples and records. These collections are invaluable for Nevada and have been of great benefit to private industry and individuals; the state, county, and local governments; and federal agencies.

The GBSSRL preserves the results of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of exploration, mining, and geological studies. Many of these samples and records are from mines and outcrops that are no longer accessible, including those that have been long closed, restricted, buried, or mined.
Virtual tour and information about Nevada rock samples on display in the building


Geological Society of Nevada

The Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library also houses the Geological Society of Nevada.

Geological Society of Nevada (GSN)
Laura Ruud, Executive Manager
2175 Raggio Parkway, Room 107
Reno, NV 89512

Phone (775) 323-3500
Fax (775) 323-3599
Email: gsn@gsnv.org
Web: www.gsnv.org

GSN office hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., PST