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


Visitor Information

** Renovation Work **
The elevator in the Smathers Library Building will be replaced with a new elevator. The construction project will start April 16, 2019, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of June. During this period, there will be no elevator access to the reading rooms and public spaces on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. We will maintain normal operating hours in the Grand Reading Room, the Judaica Suite, the Latin American & Caribbean Collection reading room, and the Smathers Gallery, and these spaces will be accessible by stairs only. If you are in need of assistance with accessing collections and services, please visit the Map and Imagery Library on the 1st floor. Retrieval of materials may take longer than usual, so please contact us prior to your visit. For additional information, contact us at 352-273-2755 or special@uflib.ufl.edu.


The Department of Special & Area Studies Collections is housed in multiple buildings on the University of Florida campus. The main Special Collections Research Room is located on the second floor of the Smathers Library (Library East), and the Latin American Collection is housed on the fourth floor of the same building (both are accessible by elevator). The Price Library of Judaica is located in Library West.

See the University of Florida campus map.

Researchers are encouraged to telephone, e-mail, or write at least 3 business days in advance of their visit.

Regular Hours of Operation: See the complete Libraries' hours of operation.
Please be aware that these hours of operation do change throughout the academic year.

For contact information, including mailing and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and online contact forms, please visit our Contact page.


UF offers paid parking on campus at the Visitor Welcome Center in the Reitz Union. Other, external paid parking options are also available.

  • Parking
    • 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.
    • Visitor Welcome Center Hourly Paid Parking
    • General Information on UF Parking
    • Other, external (non-UF) paid parking options are also available.
      • Flat lot across from Library West, 1542 W. University Ave. Cash only; $5 until 2pm, $10 until 6pm.
      • Roberts Stadium Club parking, 16 NW 18th Street, 10-minute walk to Smathers. Cash and credit cards accepted. https://stadiumclubuf.com/parking/.
      • The Standard Parking Garage, 1324 NW 2nd Ave, 5-minute walk to Smathers. Credit cards only; maximum $10 per day.
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