Special & Area Studies Collections

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

13 Our department is home to thirteen collections with substantial holdings of rare print, maps, archives, and manuscripts.

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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


Summer 2024

Map & Imagery Library (First Floor)
8AM – 6PM Monday – Thursday
8AM – 5PM Friday
Email mapsref@uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance.

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

Judaica Suite (Second Floor)
By appointment only, email rjefferson@ufl.edu

LACC Reading Room (Third Floor)
8AM – 6PM Monday – Thursday
8AM – 5PM Friday
Email lacref@uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance.

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