Special & Area Studies Collections
PO Box 117005
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
205 Smathers Library
Gainesville, FL 32611-7005
(Physical address: 1508 Union Rd)

Email: special@uflib.ufl.edu
Phone: 352.273.2755
Fax: 352.846.2746

IMPORTANT: The Special Collections Grand Reading Room and the Judaica Suite will be temporarily closed for renovations. These spaces will be inaccessible starting Wednesday, June 25, until the first week in August. Researchers may still request access to materials by visiting the Map & Imagery Library reading room on the 1st Floor. Unfortunately, some materials may be inaccessible during this period (e.g., Florida city and county histories normally shelved in the Grand Reading Room). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are making every attempt to minimize disruptions to the normal services we provide.

The Department of Special & Area Studies Collections encompasses collections of unique and special types of materials (e.g., rare books, archives, and manuscript collections) and interdisciplinary collections pertaining to geographical, national or cultural regions.  The collections directly support a variety of academic disciplines and research programs.


Please note: many of these collections are non-circulating, with materials accessible only through the Special Collections Research Room on the second floor of Smathers Library. Please contact us prior to your research visit.

The majority of holdings are described in the Libraries' Catalog and descriptive finding aids for the manuscript and archival collections, and digital reproductions are available in the UF Digital Collections (UFDC).