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Welcome Visitors and Guests

 

Table of Contents

 

Electronic Library Resources

 

Sites of Interest

 

Reference / Research Assistance Services Available

 

Planning a Trip to Campus

 

Using the Public Workstations at Any Smathers Library

 

Guides to Using Smathers Libraries

 

Genealogical Information

 

Online Research Databases

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Join the Friends of the Libraries

Library privileges for visitors and guests

Services for alumni and friends

Giving to the George A. Smathers Libraries

Honor or memorialize a person with the Books of Honor Program

Alumni Association member

 

 

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We welcome visitors, guests and researchers. All campus libraries are open to the public. This Web site has information to help you plan your visit. 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

Electronic Library Resources

Smathers Libraries subscribes to literally hundreds of electronic databases, e-books, online guides to the literature, and fulltext 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. See below: Using the Public Workstations at Any Smathers Library.

Sites of Interest

A Reference Desk interaction

Reference / Research Assistance Services Available

Planning a Trip to Campus

The following websites provide visitor and guest information, including a campus map and accommodations. If you’d like to pay for private parking near the Libraries (these lots charge by the hour), call 352-273-2616 for details.

Using the Public Workstations at Any Smathers Library

Guides to Using Smathers Libraries

Genealogical Information

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.** However, with on-site registration, visitors have the privilege of free on-campus access to all library databases when using our library public workstations.

** (With the generous assistance of the UF Alumni Association, special privileges are available to members of the Friends of the Smathers Libraries and the UF Alumni Association. These members can apply for remote-access privileges to two major research databases: Academic Source Premier (multidisciplinary) and Business Source Premier (business and industry.) For more information, see our Friends of the Library page.