Library Support Services for Undergrads Smathers Libraries are here to support your success

We provide you with a wealth of physical and digital resources to support your research, provide a variety of welcoming spaces and technology for you to learn and create, and offer in-person and online research support that will help you succeed. 

Study Spaces

The Libraries offers rooms for group study at branches across campus. These study spaces can be reserved in advance for groups of two or more.

Wellness

The Libraries believe success is directly tied to personal wellness. The Libraries provide space, insight and collections of resources for your wellbeing.

Library Employment

Employment opportunities range from entry level positions shelving books to higher echelon jobs utilizing advanced subject knowledge and expertise.

Cover of Undergraduate Guide to the Smathers Libraries, featuring the 'French Fries' scuplture outside of MSL, and the front of Library West.

Undergraduate Guide to the Smathers Libraries

This guide was written by undergraduate students to give fellow undergrads a better understanding of the George A. Smathers Libraries. Inside the guide, you will find a wealth of information about what the Libraries have to offer, including research help, spaces, technology, collections, electronic resources, and more.

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Library locations

Map showing UF Library locations

Large scale accessible PDF of the UF Library locations map


Academic Resources

Citation tools: Citation management software helps you to store, organize, and output your citations in the format you prefer.

Databases: Search for academic journal, magazine, and newspaper articles using the library databases. Most academic journal articles cannot be found using Google and require access through the libraries. 

Journals: Academic journal articles are reports of an expert’s original research, analysis, or review of the research available on a topic

Sage Skills: Practice and master essential skills for academic success and beyond

Workshops and events: Attend these free workshops to learn how library resources can help you research more efficiently and confidently. We offer sessions on information literacy skills, citation management, using databases, systematic reviews, and much more. Library workshops and events are offered in person or online and are open to everyone in the UF community.

Peterson’s- Test Preps: A virtual, one-stop experience for test preparation for college and graduate/professional school standardized exams. Provides practice tests and prep materials for: GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, ACT, CLEP, DSST, PSAT, SAT and TABE. Also assists with graduate school searches, scholarship information, resume and cover letter building, and vocational test prep. Requires you to create an account to access resources.


Other services & support

Undergraduate Library Advisors cohort 2023!

Undergraduate Library Advisors (ULA) is a peer mentor program that aims to increase undergraduate student engagement with libraries by training a cohort of student leaders to represent, promote, and teach library services to their peers. Our ULAs are instructed on library resources and information literacy, participate in campus-wide student orientation activities, and create engaging content and resources to be shared with undergraduate students.

class of 2025

Annika Cruz

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Library Advisor
Project interests: student engagement, content creation, video editing
What’s your favorite Smathers Libraries resource or service?
I personally love the Take-Home equipment from the libraries, and I’ve had many friends borrow really nice cameras for events. I’ve been able to avoid going home to grab a charger when it’s available at the circulation desk, but I also want to start renting camera equipment for fun!

Annika Cruz wears a blue collared shirt and stands in front of bright green trees

class of 2025

Sophia Medina

Major: English  
Hometown: Hialeah, Florida 
Campus Involvement: UF Fencing Club’s saber team 
Project interests: Student engagement.  
What’s your favorite Smathers Libraries resource or service? 
I want students to know just how much they (Smathers Libraries) have to offer with their extensive collections and resources! I think what I find most useful from the libraries as a student is the Primo Search option on the UF libraries’ website. Sometimes, I’ll need a book for a class, and I can search it up there quickly to see if the UF Libraries have it, whether online or in a physical collection! You can also search by ISBN, and I’ve done that often to borrow specific versions of books for my classes. On another note, I think the scrap paper at the front desk of Library West can come in handy too. I forgot to bring lined paper one day, so I used that in class instead. 

Sophia smiles, and wears a greenish blue shirt and wire rimmed glasses .

Class of 2025

Braulio Q. Quintana

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Miami, FL
Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Library Advisor, Mexican American Student Association (MASA), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Hispanic Student Association (HSA)
Project Interests: Student engagement, content creation
What’s your favorite Smathers Libraries resource or service?
Personally, the library catalog and databases are my favorite resources as they simplify hunting down subjects of interest into material that I can use for FREE for classroom use or on personal projects.

Braulio wears a blue suit jacket and stands in front of a blurred green background

Class of 2026

Rebekkah Hudson

Major: Dual Major (history and art history)
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Library Advisor, History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, Survivor: Florida.
Project interests: Student engagement and content creation with an emphasis on services related to historic preservation (given I intend to work in that field post-graduation).
What’s your favorite Smathers Libraries resource or service?
The Smathers Libraries offer many resources and services, but my favorite has to be the University Archives. As a history major, the ability to access primary and secondary sources is especially important when considering crafting research questions and carrying out research for practicums, theses, and dissertations. Within the University Archives, thousands of materials are present, ranging from magazines to photographs to artifacts and more. Given this vast range, I especially appreciate all of the librarians who are more than willing to help direct you as you navigate through the archives, as its size can be overwhelming.

Rebekkah wears a pastel shirt and stands in front of a brick wall

Questions about the ULA program?

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jasmine Simmons at jsimmons3@ufl.edu.