George A. Smathers Libraries

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University of Florida Libraries
Size 5.3 million books & journals
7 million microfilms
8 million+ pages online[1]
Access and use
Circulation 1 million
Population served 1.5 million a year
Other information
Director Dean Judith C. Russell
Staff 384 (full-time)
Phone number (352) 273-2525

The University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries is one of the largest university library systems in the United States. The system includes eight of the nine libraries of the University of Florida and provides primary support to all academic programs except those served by the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center. Previously the Health Science Center Library was also separate, but it was integrated into the Smathers Libraries on July 1, 2009.[2] The current Dean is Judith C. Russell. All of the libraries serve all of the university's faculty and students, but each has a special mission to be the primary support of specific colleges and degree programs. As is common in research libraries, library materials are housed in a variety of locations depending upon discipline. The three largest libraries cover an extensive range of disciplines while the smaller libraries focus on three or fewer disciplines.


Special Collections Room at Smathers Library
Library Specifications
Library West Is one of the main Libraries in the George A. Smathers Library System. It holds collections in the humanities and social sciences, including resources supporting the Warrington College of Business, African Studies, East Asian Area Studies, and the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica. This library completed a $30 million renovation in December 2003 that doubled its capacity, better equipped information technology, and added a Starbucks to the lobby.[3]
Smathers Library (formerly Library East) Holds many of the Special and Area Studies Collections including the Latin American Collection, the University Archives which includes the University of Florida Health Science Center Archives (housed in a separate location), the Architecture Archives, the P. K. Yonge Library of Florida History, the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, Manuscript Collection, the Popular Culture Collections, and the Rare Book Collection. Also home to the Preservation Unit, Acquisitions and Licensing Department and the Cataloging and Metadata Department, as well as the University of Florida's Digital Library Center which supports the University of Florida Digital Collections.
Marston Science Library This is the other main library in the George A. Smathers Library System. It was named after former president of the University of Florida, Robert Q. Marston. The library supports agriculture, engineering, mathematics, and the natural and physical sciences. The building also houses the Government Documents Department and the Map and Imagery Library.
Architecture and Fine Arts Library
(201 Fine Arts Building A)
Provides collections and services for architecture, fine arts, interior design, building construction, landscape architecture, and urban design. At present the collection has more than 125,000 volumes. The Library is one of the largest visual arts collections in the southern United States.
Education Library
(1500 Norman Hall)
Holds education, child development, higher education, education psychology, counseling, and children’s literature collections. The collection consists of about 150,000 monographic volumes, approximately 600 journal subscriptions, and almost 600,000 microfiche.
Allen H. Neuharth Journalism and Communications Library
(1060 Weimer Hall)
Holds a collection relating to journalism, advertising, public relations, and telecommunication. The collection has books, journals, newsletters, videos, magazines, newspapers and various other resources.
Music Library
(231 Music Building)
Houses music scores, books, periodicals, and other music-related sources, including a non-circulating collection of sound and visual recordings.
University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries The Health Science Center libraries serve the academic, research, and clinical information needs of the six colleges that make up the J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center. The College of Dentistry at UF, the College of Medicine at UF, the College of Nursing at UF, the College of Pharmacy at UF, the College of Public Health & Health Professions at UF and the College of Veterinary Medicine at UF. In addition the Borland Library (2nd floor, Learning Resource Center) can be found at Shands Jacksonville which is the Jacksonville branch campus of the Health Science Center, and the Veterinary Medicine Reading Room is located in room V1-110 in the CoVM Medicine Building in Jacksonville, Florida.

Other UF Library Collections[edit]

Library Specifications
University of Florida Digital Collections The University of Florida Digital Collections are a constantly growing collection of digital resources from the University of Florida Libraries' collections as well as partner institutions. All materials are Open Access, and full text searchable. The UF Digital Collections' holdings include books, articles, newspapers, photos, videos, audio, and more. The SobekCM Open Source software powers all of the UF Digital Collections and related digital collections hosted at UF including the collaborative Digital Library of the Caribbean, the Baldwin Library Digital Collection, and the Florida Digital Newspaper Library. The UF Digital Collections System also powers record-only collections like NewspaperCat. As of June 2013, the collections had over 8 million pages.
Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center Between 2004 and 2005 the Legal Information Center was renovated and renamed as the Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center in honor of the late Lawton Chiles; he was an alumnus of the University of Florida, and a former Governor and United States Senator who served the state of Florida with great distinction. This collection contains legal research materials supporting the study of state, federal, and international law. Notable collection areas include Florida, United States federal taxation, and British Commonwealth materials.

Collection Strengths[edit]

Together the Libraries hold over 5,300,000 cataloged volumes, 7,200,000 microforms, 1,000,000 documents, 550,000 maps and images, and 20,000 computer data sets.[4]

The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections primarily in support of graduate research programs. Among them are collections discussed above, i.e., the Latin American Collection, the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, and the Map and Imagery Library. Others include the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature which is among the world's greatest collections of literature for children (Smathers Library, Special Collections); and the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History, which is the state's preeminent Floridiana collection, holding the largest collection of Spanish colonial documents concerning southeastern United States in North America as well as rich archives of prominent Florida politicians, (Smathers Library, Special Collections).

The Libraries also have particularly strong holdings in architectural preservation and 18th century American architecture (AFA), late 19th and early 20th century German state documents from 1850–1940, Latin American art and architecture, (AFA and Smathers Library), national bibliographies (Smathers Library, Reference), U.S. Census information, especially in electronic format (Marston Science Library, Documents), the rural sociology of Florida and tropical and subtropical agriculture collections (Marston Science Library), English and American Literature, and U.S. Documents (Marston Science Library, Documents).

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