Plan Your Visit

The Department of Special & Area Studies Collections is an extensive department with several service points and collection spaces. The Smathers Library building (Library East) houses the Map & Imagery Library on the first floor, the Grand Reading Room (GRR) and the Judaica Suite on the second floor, and the Latin American & Caribbean Collection (LACC) on the third floor. Maps and LACC have circulating, browsable collections; materials handled through the GRR are non-circulating and are requested at the desk. Some materials are housed off-site and require advance notice for retrieval and use. In addition, the circulating collections of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica and Africana Collections are located in Library West.

Using the Collections

Researchers are encouraged to email (, telephone, or write at least 3 business days in advance of their visit to ensure materials are available for use. For contact information, including mailing and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and online contact forms, please visit our Contact Us page.

For information on using individual collections, see the Overview of Collections.

Parking on Campus

UF offers paid parking on campus at the Visitor Welcome Center in the Reitz Union. The garage is about a 15-minute walk to the Smathers Building.

Reitz Union Garage, 655 Reitz Union Dr.
General Information on UF Parking

External (non-UF) Paid Parking

Roberts Stadium Club parking, 16 NW 18th Street, 10-minute walk to Smathers. Cash and credit cards accepted.
The Standard Parking Garage, 1324 NW 2nd Ave, 5-minute walk to Smathers. Credit cards only.

Lodging, UF

Lodging, non-UF


  • Gainesville Airport
  • Jacksonville and Orlando airports: both are approximately a 1.5-2 hour drive from Gainesville (the Jacksonville airport is closer; the drive from Orlando includes toll roads)
  • Gainesville bus system (note: campus bus schedules change for different semesters and during intercession)