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 Issue of SOURCE Magazine

Category: Collections

The newest issue of the Libraries magazine features projects, research, and spaces from across our special collections.

Source Magazine Cover for Fall 2021 showing library buildings and spaces

Library Catalog Upgrades

Category: Collections

Thanks to the new Alma and Primo library systems, it’s now easier than ever to search for books, articles, and archives and manuscript materials.

Closed Drawers of a Card Catalog

Missing Pieces – Tracing a Twice-Lost Text

Category: From the Blog

A fragment of an early printed book tells the shifting stories of titles and texts.

Title Engraving of Jason and the Argonauts

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