University of Florida Marston Science Library

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Marston Science Library
Established 1987
Type Public
Location Gainesville, Florida, USA
Website Marston Science Library

The University of Florida Marston Science Library (MSL) is the science and engineering library of the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida, and is administered by the university's George A. Smathers Libraries system. The Marston Science Library hosts the university's extensive collections in agriculture, biological sciences, chemical and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and statistics, as well as the Map and Imagery Library and the Government Documents Department. The library is located in the center of the university's campus, and is adjacent to such campus landmarks as Turlington Hall, the University Auditorium and Century Tower. In 2008, MSL began hosting an annual competition, the Elegance of Science,[1] in which University of Florida faculty, staff and students submit artwork on the topic of science.

Government Documents Department[edit]

The Government Documents Department, housed in the Marston Science Library Building is a regional, federal, state, and European Union documents depository serving Florida and the Caribbean. The Government Documents Department includes the GIS Unit and the Map and Imagery Library.

The GIS Unit provides support for the many University of Florida programs and research efforts using GIS and remote sensing. The Map and Imagery Library contains more than 497,800 maps, 266,500 aerial photographs, 2,250 remote sensing images, and 7,215 atlases and reference books. The Map and Imagery Library has general map coverage worldwide. Special collections include Florida, Latin America, the United States, Africa, and the Holy Land.


The Marston Science Library was named for the seventh president of the University of Florida, Robert Q. Marston, who served from 1974 to 1984.[2] Marston was a medical doctor, research scientist and Rhodes Scholar, who previously served as the dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (1961–1965) and the director of the National Institutes of Health (1968–1973).[3] Completed in 1987, the Marston Science Library brought together several existing science branch libraries, including the Agriculture Library (founded in 1905), the Physics Library (1909), the Botany Library (1909), the Engineering Library (1912), the Chemistry Library (1923) and the Biology-Geology Library (1947).

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  1. ^ University of Florida, Smathers Libraries, Marston Science Library, Elegance of Science. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  2. ^ University of Florida Foundation, UF Named Facilities, Robert Marston Science Library. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  3. ^ James W. McGuigan, M.D., "Robert Quarles Marston, M.D. 1923–1999," Transactions of the American Clinical & Climatological Association, vol. 116, p. lx (2005). Retrieved February 15, 2010.

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