The Baldwin Library is located in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections’ Reading Room on the second floor of Smathers Library. If you are unfamiliar with the University of Florida campus, please look at our campus map.

Researchers are encouraged to telephone, email, or write at least 3 days in advance of their visit if they are off campus, and one day in advance if they are on campus. Please contact

Upon arriving in the Reading Room, patrons will be asked to fill out a registration form and put their belongings into a locker. Belongings that are approved for use are: pencils (no pens or markers!), notebooks, laptops, and digital cameras. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Room Reference Desk at 352-273-2757.

Special programs 

The Baldwin Library also hosts special programs, such as special events for children and presentations to community groups. Please allow two weeks advance notice to schedule your program. Programs can be tailored to a specific group, or can be more general in nature. These programs can range from 1 hour to 2-3 hours.

Baldwin Library speaker series

The Baldwin Library runs the annual Baldwin Library Speakers Series in conjunction with the Children’s Literature & Culture Center. The series was launched in November of 2013 with Dr. Jerry Griswald and Dr. Maria Tatar. To suggest a speaker, please contact the Baldwin Library. These events must be scheduled at least two months prior to a visit.