Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA)


The George A. Smathers Libraries are committed to ensuring access to library collections and services for individuals with disabilities. It is library policy to respond to requests for assistance needed in a timely manner. If you are planning a visit, please feel free to contact us in advance about any potential needs at

Accessing the Building

Accessible UF Campus Map

For accessible entrances, ADA parking, ADA routes and bus stops, select ‘ADA accessibility’ on the Campus map.

Smathers Library (East) Elevator: When entering the building, the elevator is located at the far end of the first-floor lobby hallway.

Accessibility Technology


Smathers Library provides KIC Bookeye Scanners in the 2nd floor, Grand Reading Room, and on the 3rd floor in the Latin American and Caribbean Collection.

Smathers Library (East) Accessibility Liaison: Keith Manuel

Inclusive Spaces

Wheelchair Accessible + Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

Smathers Library (SMA)
1st floor, 21A, South Tower past double doors near the men’s room
2nd floor, 202B, North Tower
3rd floor, 305A, North Tower

Further Assistance

IDEA Through Our Work

The George A. Smathers Libraries seek to promote intercultural understanding and acceptance among library users and library staff by educating, empowering, and creating self-awareness in the context of a global society. We will leverage the Libraries’ expertise, programs, collections, and services to foster an environment of inclusion and equality with fairness, appreciation for individual differences, and respect for all.

The Department of Special & Area Studies Collections (SASC) seeks to collect materials that reflect the breadth of human experience in support of the educational mission of the University of Florida. We are committed to acquisition practices that reflect sound stewardship of institutional and community resources. We practice ongoing review of existing collections to ensure diversity and inclusion in description, access, and outreach. Curators collaborate across collections to better represent distinct and overlapping identities and experiences, and to redress gaps in individual collections or across collections.

Action Steps identified:

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