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

Artists’ Books at UF

The Coffey Residency for Book Arts

Since 2015, Coffey Residency recipients have used the collections in SASC to produce original, acclaimed artists’ books.

Woodpecker from Molly Kempson's "Woodpeckers of Florida" (2016)

From our Blog

A “Perfect” Jewish Comedian

Even though he never billed himself as a Jewish comedian, Ed Wynn was the “perfect” embodiment of a special type of Jewish humor.

Photos of Ed Wynn In Costume and Reading on Radio

Explore the Collections

Finding Aid Upgrades

Thanks to the ArchivesSpace platform, it’s now easier than ever to search our archives and manuscript materials.

Smathers Grand Reading Room

Class Activity

Dive Into Tunnel Books

Tunnel books are wonderful objects and containers of wonder. Explore their history and learn how to make your own!

"Yawn" by Melissa Margolin (2011)

New Video

Take a look at the development of early optical illusions through the collections in SASC, and check out our hands-on activity.

our spaces

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

Reading Room Hours

Map & Imagery Library (First Floor)
By Appointment, email mapsref@uflib.ufl.edu

Room 100 and Nahmad Gallery (First Floor)
Study Areas
8am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
8am – 5pm Friday

Grand Reading Room (Second Floor)
Email special@uflib.ufl.edu for research assistance and to request materials.
9am – 5pm Monday – Friday

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

LACC Reading Room (Third Floor)
Study Area, email lacref@uflib.uflib.ufl.edu for access to collections
8am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
8am – 5pm Friday

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