We welcome visitors, guests and researchers, and all campus libraries are open to the public during the defined hours. If you are representing a high school group that would like an orientation to the university libraries, please contact staff at the Library you wish to visit.
Our collections support the research needs of undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty in over 170 academic programs. With an emphasis on scholarship, we are different from a public library as we do not collect popular fiction, how-to books, or general magazines. Smathers Libraries is a regional federal, state, and European Union documents depository, and our Government Documents Department is open to all U.S. residents and others interested in government policies and regulations.
Some of our “crown jewels” that you might wish to visit are
- Special and Area Studies Collections of rare books and manuscripts
- Latin American Collection
- Map & Imagery Library
Electronic Library Resources
Smathers Libraries subscribes to literally hundreds of electronic databases, e-books, online guides to the literature, and full-text journals. Most of these resources are licensed only for UF students, faculty, and staff. However, all visitors to the campus libraries can access these online resources. Additional information on visitor computer access.
Smathers Libraries overview
- Library news and special events
- Libraries & Collections
- Libraries at a glance
- Smathers Libraries online catalog
Reference / Research Assistance Services Available
Planning a Trip to Campus
- Visiting Gainesville
- Directions to campus
- Parking on campus
- Plan ahead and save time: With 9 campus libraries and numerous special collections, you might wish to check the Library Online Catalog before you made the trip to campus. Check for titles/authors/keywords and subjects of interest and note the library locations and call numbers for each. We welcome you to use the library collections in-house. If you would like to check out materials, please see our General Public borrowing policies.
- Please remember to check the public visiting hours for the library branch(es) you plan to visit.
Using the Public Workstations at Any Smathers Library
- Requires on-site registration at any Smathers Library.
- Present a government-issued photo I.D. at any library service desk.
- Campus visitors can use the Libraries’ public computers to access online research resources and electronic databases that are otherwise restricted to UF-affiliated persons. Please be aware of the Smathers Library Computer Use Policy.
Guides to Using Smathers Libraries
- Call or visit the Research Assistance/Information Desk at the campus library or department.
- Subject Specialists/Subject Guides – contact for assistance in starting your research. Please call ahead if you’d like to make an appointment.
- UF Libraries Online Catalog
- Library User Policies
Some of our most popular requests from visitors concern genealogy questions. Smathers Libraries are not a genealogical library, but many of our resources, such as census records and biographical guides and narratives, can help a genealogist find information. Here is a brief Guide to Selected Genealogical Resources. Guides to other libraries on the web and websites can be found at Genealogy Resources LibGuide.
Online Research Databases
Due to strict license agreements, only UF students, faculty, and staff have remote-access privileges to our resources. However, with on-site registration, visitors have the privilege of free on-campus access to all library databases when using our library public workstations.
The Libraries have two different Friends groups that you can join.
Your gift does make a difference – support from private donors like you is essential to continue to build the collections.