Latin American and Caribbean Collection

Located on the third floor of the historic Smathers Library, LACC is among a small number of academic research library collections in the United States devoted to collecting Latin American and Caribbean materials.

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Book Pickup Service

We are only checking out books by pickup request. Click “request” on any LACC book available for checkout in our catalog. Email us if you have any questions or problems using this service!

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Off-Campus Access

If you are doing research from OFF campus (home, coffee shop, etc.) then you must login before you can access any of our electronic materials. You have 2 options – the dedicated UF VPN, or the library proxy server.

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Start Your Research

We have a guide for you on where to start in Latin American and Caribbean studies research. Whether you are doing thesis research, writing a term paper, or pursuing a personal interest, start here!

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Library Accessibility Resources

The UF Libraries provide a number of services to ensure access to library collections and services for individuals with disabilities.

What’s New

New Online exhibit

The Haitian American Dream Timeline

The Haitian American Dream, created by Alexandra Cenatus, Ivanna Moreno, and Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, examines the events and the forgotten stories of Haitian immigrants in the United States. In so doing, it explains the reasons behind the different waves of Haitian migration, its ongoing impacts, and upheavals so that, as Michel-Rolph Trouillot states, the stories of “the actors who participate in the production of history or any of the sites where that production” transpired are told.

Map of Haiti

Fellowship Announcement

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt named Rare Book School (RBS) Cultural Heritage Fellow for 2020-2022

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Associate Librarian and Latin American & Caribbean Special Collections Librarian, has been named one of 15 prestigious RBS-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows for 2020-2022.

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt

New Hire

Thiago de Andrade Joins Latin American and Caribbean Collection as Circulation Assistant

Please join us in welcoming Thiago de Andrade, the new Circulation Assistant in the Latin American and Caribbean Collection. Thiago received his Bachelors of Arts in English Language and Literature from the Universidade Federal do Tocantins in Araguaina, Brazil, and is presently a post-Baccalaureate student in Computer Science at the University of Florida.

Thiago de Andrade

Publication News

Library Staff Co-Author Book Chapter

Margarita Vargas-Betancourt, Jessica L. English, Angelibel Soto, and Melissa Jerome co-wrote a chapter titled “Contesting Colonial Library Practices of Accessibility and Representation,” in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation, edited by Mary Kandiuk. (Sacramento CA: Library Juice Press, 2020).

Featured Content

Online Resources

LACC Remote Access in Times of COVID-19

The purpose of this presentation is to highlight some of the George A. Smathers Libraries’s and the Latin American and Caribbean Collection’s remote access resources.

Remote Access in the Times of COVID-19 Webinar

Some content available in English and Spanish

The Cuban American Dream Timeline

Timeline created by Katiana Bagué and Alexis Baldacci to complement the exhibit, The Cuban American Dream, which was on view in the Smathers Library Gallery March 27 – June 2, 2017.

The Cuban American Dream

See our online book display

Earth Day 2020

Online multimedia book display created by Anamaría Mata Preciado to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

Earth Day 2020 GIF

Open Access Resources

Access to Cuban Heritage Sources

Learn about online sources on Cuban heritage in this webinar by Paula de la Cruz-Fernández. The presentation is available for download in MP4, Powerpoint, and PDF formats.

Access to Cuban Heritage sources in times of COVID-19

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Request a book for pickup

We are only checking out books by pickup request. Click “request” on any LACC book available for checkout in our catalog.

Smathers Library showing exterior signage

LACC Reading Room Hours

300 Smathers Library

LACC Reading Room (Third Floor)
Study Area, email for access to collections
8am – 6pm Monday – Thursday
8am – 5pm Friday

We are closed weekends during Fall 2020

Research is by appointment, and check outs are through our pickup service only.