UF Library: Helpful Guide to University of Florida Libraries 2021

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George A. Smathers Libraries, also known as UF Library, are resources to help research and other academic activities as a student of the University of Florida.

The Libraries encourage creativity and inquiry necessary to support the University’s global ambitions and play an important role in attracting and retaining top students, faculty, and staff.

The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida and serve every college and center in the university, including the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the Health Science Center.

UF Libraries consist of seven libraries, six of which comprise the George A. Smathers Libraries. The Smathers Libraries actively collaborate with the Legal Information Center, part of the Levin College of Law.

The Smathers Libraries include the following:

  1. Architecture and Fine Arts Library
  2. Education Library
  3. Health Science Center Libraries (UF campus and Borland Library in Jacksonville)
  4. Library West (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  5. Marston Science Library
  6. Smathers Library (Special and Area Studies Collections, Latin American and Caribbean Collection, Map and Imagery Library).

UF library database

You can search for academic journals, magazines, and newspaper articles using the UF library databases. Most academic journal articles cannot be found using Google and require access through the libraries. Check out important dates on the UF Academic Calendar.

The following multidisciplinary library databases cover the humanities, social sciences, and sciences:

For strategic searching within a subject field, use the library’s subject databases.

The a-z list of databases

It’s a complete listing of all UF Libraries’ databases. Users can view all the databases alphabetically, search for a database by title, or use the three dropdowns on the A – Z Database List to search for databases by subject, type, or vendor.

Use A-Z Databases to find databases organized by subject.

Primo

  • Primo emulates the ‘simple search’ experience of Google. However, instead of searching across the entire open Web as Google does, Primo searches the majority of the authoritative electronic and print resources subscribed to and purchased by by the UF Libraries (including Library Catalog records for books, etc. shelved in the local collections).
  • After you enter your search, you can enter additional search terms, limit results to articles with full text, to books in the library, etc.

OneSearch (Available until September 30th)

  • OneSearch also emulates the ‘simple search’ experience of Google. However, instead of searching across the entire open Web as Google does, Primo searches the majority of the authoritative electronic and print resources subscribed to and purchased by by the UF Libraries (including Library Catalog records for books, etc. shelved in the local collections).
  • After you enter your search, you can enter additional search terms, limit results to articles with full text, to books in the library, etc.

UF library hours

UF libraries are open to the public during these defined hours. Find out the hours’ libraries are open or closed.

UF LibraryMonday-ThursdayFridaySaturday & Sunday
Marston Science Library8 am-11 pm8 am-9 pm10 am-6 pm – 11 pm (Sun)
Library West8 am-10 pm8 am-5 pmClosed
Health Science Center Library7:30 am-7 pm7:30 am-7 pmClosed
Borland Library8 am-5 pm8 am-5 pmClosed
Smathers Library8 am-6 pm8 am-5 pmClosed
Architecture & Fine Arts Library8 am-6 pm8 am-5 pmClosed
Education Library8 am-6 pm8 am-5 pmClosed
Ask-A-Librarian Virtual Assistance8 am-10 pm8 am-6 pm10 am-3 pm
UF Library Hours

What to expect when you are visiting the libraries

Due to Covid-19, the UF library had to make few changes to promote social distancing and ensure the safety of the patrons and library staff. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Face coverings are optional. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.
  • Study spaces are re-configured to promote social distancing.
    • UF have removed a number of tables, chairs and public computer stations.
    • Group study rooms will not be available.
  • Covered drinks and snacks are permitted in most campus Libraries. Hot entrees, salad, pizza, soup and hot, messy or odorous items must be consumed outside. No food or drink may be consumed in specialized collections (Architecture & Fine Arts Library, Map & Imagery Library, Special Collections) or posted areas.

Primo VE – The new UF library system

On July 13, 2021, all Florida public colleges and universities upgraded their core library platform to the Alma and Primo VE library systems. This next-generation integrated library system (ILS) leverages cloud-based services and offers a responsive, scalable web and mobile design. This upgrade will expand access to materials and improve the user experience for students, faculty, and staff.

How will UF benefit from Primo VE?

The new Primo VE discovery service will allow better access and management of the Library’s print, electronic, and digital collections and the improved discovery of items across all Florida institutions. Primo VE will change how the existing UF library catalog and OneSearch look and function.

Other enhanced features include:

  • Enhanced User Experience: Better integration of the library’s collections along with improved and expanded search capabilities.
  • Faster: Save time by searching almost all of the library’s collections and beyond in one simple search.
  • More Discovery: Explore and learn through automatic recommendations, virtual title browsing, and citation trails.
  • Personalized Search Experience: Log in to save your research preferences. Save your items in your eShelf and easily export records to citation management systems.
  • On-the-Go: Improved mobile user interface allows researchers to search on their favorite mobile device.
  • Seamless Integration: Alma and Primo VE work together to provide one user-friendly account for most library needs.

6 library resources tips for new students

UF Libraries can be a great tool for all UF students, even if you aren’t on campus! Here are 6 things you need to know to use the Libraries.

1. UF library VPN

To access any of the online resources that the UF Library offers, you need to download, install, and turn on the VPN. You can find these resources at vpn.ufl.edu. Check out my post on UF VPN Installation Guide.

It would be best if you also had this for off-campus access. If you are researching OFF campus (home, coffee shop, etc.), you must log in to the UF library before accessing any electronic materials. You have 2 options – the dedicated UF VPN or the library proxy server.

Once installed, the VPN software is called Cisco AnyConnect. When you open Cisco AnyConnect, you will be prompted for a user name and password. Enter your Gatorlink username (without @ufl.edu) and password to connect.

The Computing Help Desk is available 24/7 to answer questions and help you install and run the VPN properly.

2. Access anything with UF InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

UF Library provides FREE access to books, articles, and other resources to UF Online students.

UF Online students may borrow most materials available at the main UF campus and materials not owned by the UF Libraries using the InterLibrary Loan.

Requests are mailed or emailed to off-campus locations and arrive within one day to several weeks, depending on whether UF owns the item or whether it needs to be requested from another university. You should be able to access most electronic resources by using the VPN.

Note: ILL service does not apply to textbooks.

3. Your subject specialists

Did you know every major on campus has a librarian assigned? These librarians are called “subject specialists” because of their expertise in each subject. This means you have an expert to help you find information for papers, projects, or other assignments.

UF subject specialists are available to answer questions via email, phone, and Zoom. These one-on-one consultations between students and librarians are common. Consultations can be as simple as one question via email or as complex as an hour-long consultation spent locating sources for an undergraduate thesis.

4. LibGuides for research

The University of Florida LibGuides (short for Library Guide) are one-way subject specialists who try to help you find scholarly resources for your coursework.

Each major is different, which means finding information related to each major requires different resources.

For example, if you are doing historical research for a paper on the history of the Everglades, you may need to find books, newspapers, government documents, and special collections housed in archives.

However, if you are pre-med and doing a paper on health disparities in communities of color, you will need original research articles and public health information from large datasets.

5. UF library search function

The UF library search function helps you to search specific libraries. You can access the tool on the FIND page.

  • Library Catalog – search for books, journals, videos, and other materials available in the UF Libraries
  • OneSearch – search for materials from the Library Catalog as well as electronic resources such as ebooks, ejournals, and full text articles
  • EJournals – search for and browse electronic journals
  • A-Z database list – access a searchable list of databases across a variety of subject areas
  • UFDC – search for unique UF items and digital collections
  • Finding Aids – search archival records and manuscript collections
  • PubMed – search among millions of citations for articles and ebooks in biomedicine and life sciences
  • LibGuides – Guides containing information, resources and links relevant to subjects, courses, or general topics.

6. UF library printing

University of Florida Libraries offer regular printing, copying, and scanning at all branches, poster (plotter) printing, 3D printing, and 3D scanning at select locations.

Printing fees are charged to your Gatorlink account. You will be e-billed at the end of the month under ‘miscellaneous’ charges for Academic Technology printing. These charges will show up on your Student Financials account in MyUFL.

How to print from a library computer.

  1. Select ‘Print’ from your application (Word, email, browser, etc.)
  2. Choose the type of printer you want to use:
  3. Go to the print release station, enter your Gatorlink username and password to release your job.
  4. Pay any charges through MyUFL.

Want to print from your laptop or mobile device?

  1. Visit print.at.ufl.edu.
  2. Choose your printing method (upload file, web print, email print, driver print).
  3. Walk to the print release station.
  4. Pay any charges via MyUFL.

Frequently asked questions

Can I eat and drink inside the library?

Only covered drinks and snacks are permitted in most UF campus Libraries. Hot entrees, salad, pizza, soup, and hot, messy, or odorous items must be consumed outside. No food or drink may be consumed in specialized collections (Architecture & Fine Arts Library, Map & Imagery Library, Special Collections) or posted areas.

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