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

Makers Gonna Make

Category: Exhibits

Our new exhibit showcases the responses of book artists, near and far, to the traumatic events and uncertain circumstances of the past years.

The exhibit "Artists Books For Tumultuous Times" is now on display in the Smathers Library Second Floor Gallery

Chance Encounters: John Muir in Florida

Category: From the Blog

A copy of John Muir’s The Mountains of California contains nearly a century of mementos from the family who sheltered him in Cedar Key.

An archive of materials preserved inside the Rare Book Collection Copy of John Muir's "The Mountains of California"

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.

Steamer between Key West and Florida

New Video

Preserving Pop Culture:
UF’s video team interviewed Jim Liversidge about the history of our popular culture collections and our work preserving them

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.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