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Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library

ClosureEffective March 18, 2020

As part of the University of Nevada’s effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Publication Sales and Information Office located at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL) at 2175 Raggio Parkway in Reno will be closed to walk-in business for at least 30 days. The Geological Society of Nevada Office in our building will be closed as well.

You can still place orders on the shopping cart:
or by sending an email to cstock@unr.edu.

Please expect a week or more delay in our ability to fulfill mail orders.

This closure will be in effect until further notice. Please check our website for updates.

Much information can be downloaded for free here:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/ (Look for the “PDF” link under the “FREE DOWNLOADS” heading on the publication landing pages.)

NBMG faculty and staff located in the SEM Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus will also be working remotely from their homes since the campus will be closed.

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

We are sorry for this inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding!

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!

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 (orders, questions about publications)
Phone: (775) 682-8767 (general geology, rock and meteorite IDs, etc.)
Email: nbmg@unr.edu
Web: pubs.nbmg.unr.edu
Map: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/_docs/GBSSRL/GBSSRL_map_directions.pdf

Hours of operation (suspended until further notice):
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.

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