About Us

The Special & Area Studies Collections Department is home to the University’s collections of rare print, archives, manuscripts, and materials related to the study of different geographical or thematic areas. These collections have grown out of the individual efforts of the University to amass, arrange, and advance knowledge for the future. Our faculty and staff bring expertise, commitment, and energy to the collections under our care, making them greater than the sum of their parts.

We are located in the historic Smathers Library (formerly Library East), where you will find our reading rooms and exhibition spaces. You can take a tour of the different areas of the library below. All of our collections are open to students, researchers, and the general public, and selections are available worldwide via the University of Florida’s Digital Collections website.

Our Building

About the Smathers Library

A landmark of learning on campus.

The ceiling of the Grand reading Room

What We Do

Tour by Floor

SASC occupies three of the four floors that make up the Smathers Library.

Jim Liversidge teaching a class on Special Collections