Special & Area Studies Collections

Our materials and personnel advance the University’s research mission and spark the minds of its students. 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.

what’s new

Ediciones Vigía

Category: Exhibits

Ediciones Vigía, is an independent publishing house in Matanzas, Cuba. Come see the exhibit in Smathers first floor lobby.

Item from the Ediciones Viga exhibit

Featured Video

Working in Special Collections as a UF Student

Dozens of students work in the collections every year on projects large and small. In this video, a recent graduate of UF, Catherine Ziegler, describes her experience working with the different researchers and collections over her time as a student. Our congratulations to Catherine, as well as all of our student workers: current, past, and future.

our spaces

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


Fall 2023

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)
9AM – 12PM, 1PM – 5PM 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.ufl.edu for research assistance.

our department & building