Dean’s Message – 05/10/22

Dean Judy

Welcome to the University of Florida and to the George A. Smathers Libraries! We are happy to see you on campus and online. Based on university guidelines, face coverings are welcome for students, faculty, staff and guests inside all library facilities, including the Health Science Center Libraries. Masks are required in patient-facing areas of hospitals and clinical practices. Updated COVID information is at

Everyone, including non-affiliated visitors, is welcome inside the Libraries. Showing a Gator 1 card is not necessary. Food and beverage policies have returned to pre-COVID restrictions. We are leaving in place the hand-sanitizing stations and keeping Plexiglas barriers at the service desks and other locations. Hours for library locations are posted at We will continue to disclose available seating in each library at

The virtual library is 100% open and available 24-hours a day. All of the libraries and collections have new and updated web sites and we invite you to visit and explore them to locate our resources and services. You can begin at our home page ( and find specific resources and services by using the top blue navigation bar or the three horizontal “hamburger” navigation bars on the top right of your small screen under the Find, Libraries & Collections, and Contact Us menus. As always, we welcome your comments and questions and look forward to hearing from you.

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Dean Judith C. Russell, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida