About Us

Our Mission

Founded in 1951 to support emerging scholarly interest in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Latin American and Caribbean Collection has since grown to become one of the University of Florida’s preeminent collections. 

The Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC) now holds approximately 500,000 volumes, over 50,000 microforms, a large collection of rare books and manuscripts, and a wealth of digital resources, many of them open access. 

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

LAC on the Fourth Floor of Smathers Library (old location), 2014

Some Highlights

History of the Collection

Learn more about us, from our origins as the Inter-American Reading Room to LACC