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Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
2175 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512
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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.
Take a photo tour!

Beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2023, our office hours will be
TuesdayFriday (9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Pacific Time)

We are closed on State of Nevada holidays.

In case of inclement weather, please check the DRI and UNR websites to see if there is a closure or delayed start.


Please call (775) 682-8766
for questions about the following resources available at NBMG:

  • NBMG geologic maps and reports
  • U.S. Geological Survey geologic maps and publications
  • U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps

Core, cuttings, aerial photographs, and rock IDs

Please email
rmicander@unr.edu for questions about these resources at NBMG or to schedule an appointment. If email is not an option, please call 775-682-8767 to leave a voice message.

Appointments are required for rock IDs and viewing of core, cuttings, and aerial photographs:

  • Aerial photographs: please include area of interest, scales, year photographed, and/or any other information that may be helpful in locating photographs. Please note there is a $50/site fee associated with viewing air photos. It is $50/hour for scanning air photos with a $5 charge to load scans to a DVD or $15 for a thumb drive. We are not always able to complete or accommodate scanning during your visit.
  • Cuttings, core, and well records for oil, gas, and geothermal: please note well name, type (oil/gas or geothermal), API, and/or permit number
  • Information on geology, mining, and data collections
  • Rock identification. Please note: we do not identify meteorites. If you believe you have a meteorite, please click here for links to resources on identification of meteorites.

Links to all state core repositories

Contact information:


Web: pubs.nbmg.unr.edu
Map: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/_docs/GBSSRL/GBSSRL_map_directions.pdf

For an emergency due to a geologic hazard event, contact Jim Faulds, NBMG Director and State Geologist:
Cell Phone: 775-813-1895
Office Phone: 775-682-6650

NBMG: Our Mission
GBSSRL: Our Vision

Geological Society of Nevada
The Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library also houses the office of 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: https://www.gsnv.org/

GSN office hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, PST