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


Resilience – Black Heritage in St. Augustine

Governors House is partnering with more than a dozen local institutions to create this cultural and educational resource

Logo for Resilience - Black Heritage in St. Augustine

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


We’re on YouTube

View presentations recorded by our curators on the different histories and items in our collections.

Spines of books from the Baldwin Library - Title Card for our Youtube Playlist

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

Last summer, SASC began collecting materials documenting the racial justice demonstrations in Gainesville and on the UF campus. Tiffany Pennamon, our graduate intern, spoke about her work collecting and preparing some of these materials for an exhibition “All Black Lives Matter,” now on view in Library West.

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