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Noble H. Getchell Library

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1962, Robert Alexander and David Vhay. 1977, David Vhay and George Ferrari
  • Noble H. Getchell Library (Bret Morgan)
  • Noble H. Getchell Library (Julie Nicoletta)

The third library built on the campus is located northwest of the quad. Robert Alexander of Los Angeles and David Vhay of Reno designed the modernist structure with a two-story entrance featuring floor-to-ceiling windows. A zigzag roofline of boomerangs, created by concrete folded plates, caps the structure and extends along the cover of the ramped walkway stretching to the east. Square piers, clad in highly polished red granite panels, support the roof, which projects over the main entrance. In the late 1970s the university attached a large black glass unornamented boxlike structure to the north elevation of the library, maintaining its roofline. This more than doubled the size of the library, also providing space for the growing collection in four underground levels.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


What's Nearby


Julie Nicoletta, "Noble H. Getchell Library", [Reno, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 67-69.

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