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

From the Blog

Come to the Florida Sunshine Tree

One of the most iconic advertising campaigns of the 1970s featured singer Anita Bryant and a silent cartoon Orange Bird. What happened to it?

Record cover for the Orange Bird

Exhibition Spotlight

The Haitian American Dream

The Haitian American Dream examines the events and the forgotten stories of Haitian immigrants in the United States.

Colored Map of the Island of Haiti - 1886


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

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