Center for Gaming Research
About the Center

The Center for Gaming Research is a world-class hub for the scholarly analysis of gambling and gaming issues. 

Located within Special Collections at UNLV's state-of-the-art Lied Library, its main resource is the Gaming Collection. 

Many unique primary resources can be found only within the Collection. We preserve and make accessible company documents, state publications, and other important resources.

The Center is committed to providing support for scholarly inquiry into all aspects of gaming.  We serve as an unparalleled resource for students, faculty, and independent scholars. 

Students, faculty and community members interested in academically-oriented gaming research are welcome to use the collection.

Through our website,, we offer several unique research tools and guides to gaming research.

UNLV Special Collections
UNLV Special Collections
Where is the Center? Who staffs it?
Lied Library
Lied Library

The Center for Gaming Research is located on the third floor of UNLV's Lied Library.

The Center has the same hours as UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

The Center is staffed by acting director Peter Michel and student assistants.

For directions to the Library, see the visiting page.

From 2001 to 2018, David G. Schwartz served as Director. He is currently the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. To contact him, please go here. Do not direct any inquiries for him to the Center.


What We Do

Building Collections
The largest repository of English-language materials on gambling, this is an unparalleled repository of books, journals, and primary materials for gaming research. The Center also maintains casino corporate archives including the Harrah’s Entertainment, MGM Resorts, and Boyd Gaming Corporate Archives, gaming-related manuscript collections such as the Sands, New Frontier, and Binion’s Horseshoe collections, and a growing number of collections obtained under the Problem Gambling Pioneers initiative, which collects and preserves the papers of the pioneers of the problem gambling treatment and advocacy movement.

Making Research Available
Through its website,, the Center makes available information on a variety of gaming jurisdictions; provides corporate histories and research links; hosts several online exhibits, including the online home of the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame; monthly analyses for Nevada gaming revenue statistics; and numerous other statistical reports highlighting several aspects of the gaming industry.

Fostering Scholarship
The Center’s Gaming Fellow program, active since 2007, brings scholars from around the world to Las Vegas to perform research in Special Collections. Fellows use the Center’s resources to further their study of gaming and become ambassadors for the Center and UNLV.

Creating Knowledge
Also through its website, the Center publishes its Occasional Paper Series, which features research from Gaming Fellows, UNLV faculty and students, and others interested in gaming. The Center also hosts the UNLV Gaming Podcast, whose episodes include talks given by fellows, speeches by invited scholars and industry members, and one-on-one interviews with gaming professionals.The Center administers the UNLV Gaming Press, an interdisciplinary initiative that publishes proceedings, collections, and primary source materials related to gambling and gaming.

Raising Profiles
By hosting public events like the Gaming Research Colloquia, the Center highlights current research into gaming. As a third-party resource, the Center is of invaluable use to the international media searching for objective research and analysis of the past and present of the gaming industry.


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