Special & Area Studies Collections

Our department is home to substantial holdings of rare print, maps, archives, and manuscripts, as well as interdisciplinary collections pertaining to geographical, national or cultural regions. Our materials and personnel advance the University’s research mission and spark the minds of its students.

what’s new

Meet Nelissa Caraballo-Ramos, Bilingual…

Category: Featured Faculty/Staff

Meet Nelissa Caraballo-Ramos, Bilingual Processing Archivist at SASC.

Nelissa Caraballo Ramos

Documenting Campus History – University Archives

Category: From the Blog

October is Archives Month and to celebrate, we’re highlighting one of our 13 collecting areas in SASC: the UF University Archives.

UF University-Archives Coeds and Information Booth in the 1950s

Apply for our Undergraduate Discovery Fellowships

Category: Fellowships and Scholarships

These semester-long fellowships allow students from any background or level to pursue a question of their own in the collections. Apply by 11/29/2021.

Hand-colored nightingales, from Francis Willoughby's Ornithology (1667)

New Video

Spark Curiosity:
A new video introducing students to the George A. Smathers Libraries features Jim Liversidge, Curator of our Popular Culture collections.

our spaces

Smathers Grand Reading Room
The Grand Reading Room, on the second floor of Smathers Library

Reading Room Hours

For holiday and intersession hours please see, https://ufl.libcal.com/hours..

Map & Imagery Library (First Floor)
8am – 7pm Monday – Thursday
8am – 5pm Friday
2pm – 10pm Sunday
Email mapsref@uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance.

Grand Reading Room (Second Floor)
9am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
9am – 5pm Friday
Email special@uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance and to make a research appointment.

Judaica Suite (Second Floor)
Without Appointment: 9am – 4pm Friday
By Appointment, email rjefferson@ufl.edu

LACC Reading Room (Third Floor)
8am – 7pm Monday – Thursday
8am – 5pm Friday
2pm – 10pm Sunday
Email lacref@uflib.uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance.

our department & building

Our Department

Who We Are

We promote, preserve, and grow our collections to create new knowledge from old.

A display of pop-up books from the Baldwin Childrens Library

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Special and Area Studies Collections Faculty and Staff

Detail of Hobrook mural with self-portrait