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

Virtual Event

Pan-Caribbean Voices

Thursday, May 20: 7:00PM EST

Explore the history, culture, and lives of the Pan-Caribbean people who lived and worked in the República de Panamá and the former Canal Zone.

Register for Pan-Caribbean Voices Below

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

Finals 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)

From our Blog

Remnants of the Past

An unassuming cookbook in our Judaica collection casts light on lived connections to the Holocaust.

Clippings and notes inside a twentieth-century Israeli Cookbook

New Video

Take a look at the development of early opitical illusions through the collections in SASC, and check out our hands-on activity for Finals Support Week.

our spaces

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

Reading Room Hours

Our Reading Rooms reopened to UF affiliates on August 28th.
New hours are listed below.

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)
Researchers Only, email special@uflib.ufl.edu
9am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
9am – 5pm Friday

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