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

New Directions from Old Books

Category: From the Blog

Our Coffey Fellowship artists in residence describe their research in the collections in our latest blog post.

Part XIII of Hough's American Woods - A Book-Shaped Slipcase

Recently Processed, Expanded or Revised…

Category: Collections

The following collections in the Special and Area Studies Department have been recently processed, expanded or revised at the University of Florida.

Time Lawrence

Rev. Alexander Linn among the Everglades Seminole

Category: From the Blog

A missionary’s hand-colored lantern slides preserve portraits of Seminole families in the early twentieth century.

A colored glass lantern slide held by gloved hands

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

contact us


Special and Area Studies Collections Faculty and Staff

Detail of Hobrook mural with self-portrait