University of Florida Library West
The Humanities and Social Sciences Library at the University of Florida
|Address||1545 W. University Ave.|
|Town or city||Gainesville, Florida 32611|
Library West is the major library of the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries system. Its collections consist of material on the humanities and social sciences, as well as African studies and Asian studies resources. The Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica special collection on Jewish studies is also part of the collection.
Library West primarily serves the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Warrington College of Business Administration. It is the largest of the seven Smathers Libraries at UF. The other major library is the Marston Science Library, which holds collections on agriculture, engineering, mathematics, and the natural and physical sciences.
The library is located at the north end of the Plaza of the Americas, at the Campus Historic District in the northeastern part of campus. The library is colloquially referred to as "Lib West" or "Club West" by some students.
Library West was first constructed in 1967 and was originally designated as the "Graduate Research Library." Library East (now Smathers Library) was at the same time designated as the undergraduate library. However, in the following decades the two buildings' collections were integrated together and Library West became established as the social sciences and humanities library on campus.
Prompted by a need for more space for materials, Library West was closed for a $30 million renovation in December 2003 that doubled its capacity, improved its information technology capabilities, and added a Starbucks to the lobby. The library reopened in August 2006, and the renovations earned the library gold LEED certification, making Library West the second UF building to obtain that status (the first was Rinker Hall, which houses the Rinker School of Building Construction).
Further renovations are planned for the Library West colonnade, and the dates for its construction are yet to be determined. The new design would create a taller and narrower colonnade to replace the existing one, and add several features that would promote more space for students, including the installation of tables and benches. A bronze statue of an alligator will also be located in the center of the new colonnade after construction ceases.
The library can seat up to 1,400 patrons. It is equipped with eighteen group study rooms, available for checkout from the circulation desk, as well as eight study booths with computers and four booths equipped for viewing videos. Thirty iPad 3 devices are available for checkout at the circulation desk. Four digital microfilm readers are also available for public use, in addition to a significant number of computers and printers. There are numerous carrels and study facilities located on the top floors for graduate students, and the top two floors of the library are designated for quiet study only.
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