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

Latin American Records of Past Epidemics

A look back at the 1918 influenza pandemic through digitized public health records.

A mortality table from the 1918 Influenza pandemic in Rio de Janiero

Fellowship Announcement

Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship

Provides a grant up to $7,500 to a qualified children’s librarian for up to four weeks study in the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

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Upcoming Event

Achebe | Baldwin @ 40

In April 1980 renowned African writer Chinua Achebe and African American literary giant James Baldwin met for the first time in Gainesville. Join the Center for African Studies for a two-day virtual conference revisiting the event, October 22-23, 2020.

Chinua Achebe and James Baldwin during their meeting in Gainesville, April 1980

our spaces

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

Reading Room Hours

Our Reading Rooms will reopen 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

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