Special Borrowers

These policies pertain to operations within all George A. Smathers Libraries and Storage collections. Special Borrowers are eligible to borrow 10 library items for a loan period of 3 weeks for most items.

Complete the online application for

Special Borrowers Privileges

Processing of applications may take up to 3 business days.

Visiting Hours

Special Borrowers Visiting Hours

Library Location Monday-Thursday Friday saturday sunday
Library West 8 AM-10 PM 8 AM-5 PM CLOSED 12 PM-6 PM
Marston Science Library 8 AM-10 PM 8 AM-10 PM 10 AM-6 PM 10 AM-10 PM
Architecture & Fine Arts Library 8 AM-10 PM 8 AM-5 PM 1 PM-5 PM 2 PM-10 PM
Education Library 8 AM-10 PM 8 AM-5 PM 1 PM-5 PM 2 PM-10 PM
Health Science Center Library 7 AM-11:30 PM 7:30 AM-7 PM 8 AM-5 PM 1 PM-11:30 PM

The libraries offer borrowing privileges to the general public for the following fees:

Fees for Special Borrowers’ Privileges

4 months 1 year
General Public $40 $100
Member of the UF Alumni Association or Howe Society $30 $75
*These fees are fixed and cannot be prorated to accommodate longer or shorter time rates. . .
  • If the application is approved, you will be notified when you can receive your library-issued Special Borrower’s card.
  • Cards can picked up at the Library West circulation desk.
  • Payment for the borrower’s fee is due at the time of receipt, and must be made in the form of check or money order made payable to the University of Florida.
  • Upon receipt of the Special Borrower’s card, you will also be required to sign and complete the UF Community Borrowers Terms and Conditions agreement in order to signify that you accept all UF Special Borrower circulation policies.

Borrowing & Other Policies

Special Borrowers are eligible to borrow 10 library items for a loan period of 3 weeks for most items.

  • Special Borrowers must present a valid photo ID and their Library-issued borrower’s card in order to check out library materials.
  • The borrower’s card may not be loaned to another person and the card holder is responsible for all costs and consequences of card misuse.
  • If the borrower’s card is lost or stolen, it is the responsibility of the card holder to notify the Smathers Libraries immediately to deactivate the card.

Please note, Special Borrowers Privileges do not grant you access to the following services listed below. Access to these services are restricted to current UF students, faculty (Emeritus and retired faculty included), and Oak Hammock residents.

  • Interlibrary Loan services.
  • Remote (off-campus) access to UF proprietary databases and use of certain materials.
  • Printing services.
  • Use of libraries during the evening or overnight hours. Please refer to our Special Borrowers visiting hours.

Library Policies

Borrowing Policies

Learn more about borrowing, renewing, and returning library materials.

Overdue Fines & Fees

Failure to return or renew materials on or before the due date will result in blocked library privileges. Click below to see our Fines & Fees page.

Computer Use Policy

Learn more about rules and regulations regarding computer use in the libraries.

User Conduct in the Library

The George A. Smathers Libraries strive to provide an environment that supports the needs and activities of our patrons. Patrons are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes a safe and pleasant atmosphere. Visit our Conduct page for more information.

Renewing Borrowing Privileges


Contact the Library West Circulation Department at the following phone number: (352) 273-2525.

Library West Entrance