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An overview of our collections

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Acquisition and Collection Services

Acqusitions and Collection Services is a department in the library that builds the collection of the UCF Libraries to support the research and teaching needs of the university and involves a network of subject librarians who work cooperatively with the classroom faculty. Each academic department has a faculty representative and a librarian assigned to select materials and make collection decisions. Suggestions for library materials can be made through the faculty representatives or to the librarian for a specific subject area. Questions about the collection should be addressed to Michael Arthur at 407-882-0143 or

Format Collections

Format collections include not only books and serials but microform, and audio/visual media. Where books are located on all floors of the main library, non-print materials are located on the 3rd floor near the media desk.

General Collections

General collection is the libraries' main depository of fiction and non-fiction books, serials, and other materials available for distribution. The library currently features a huge collection of volumes with many print periodical subscriptions, and a growing collection of videotapes, DVDs, audio books on CD, and other multimedia items. Materials can be found with the use of call numbers. The call numbers in the UCF libraries use the Library of Congress classification for books in the General Collection, Reference, and Index areas. Once you determine the library location of the material, follow these steps:

  1. The first one, two or three letters which begin the call number are arranged alphabetically: H falls before HA, which is before HB, etc.
  2. The numbers which come directly after these first letters are treated as whole numbers: 10 is followed by 11, not by 101.
  3. The next letter should be after a decimal point and is arranged alphabetically.
  4. The numbers after this last letter are treated as decimal numbers: 10 is followed by 101, not 11.
  5. Any more letters and numbers are treated as in steps 3 and 4 (except for dates which sometimes follow the classification).

Branch/Regional Collections

The UCF Libraries currently has two branch libraries: the Curriculum Materials Center (located in the College of Education), and the Universal Orlando Foundation Library (located at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, a branch campus of UCF located in southwest Orlando at 9907 Universal Blvd.). The collections at these libraries are considered part of the Libraries' general collection. There are also joint-use libraries in the following locations: Cocoa and Palm Bay, Daytona Beach, Osceola and Valencia West, Sanford/Lake Mary, Ocala, and South Lake. The collections at these locations are considered part of the Libraries' collections but are also shared with their community college partner libraries. Furthermore, UCF has a partnership with many other schools and organizations within the central Florida community.

Location of Collections

Even though general collection encompasses the whole library, there are certain materials located in specific places. The Reference Department, located on the second floor of the main library, contains special areas of interest such as: government documents, patent and trademarks, and other material useful to library patrons. For patrons who just want to quickly find a interesting book, the library offers a small section of browsing books located on the second floor of the main library across from the circulation desk. For those looking for the archives or just want to view a certain painting one would visit the Special Collections Department located on the fifth floor in the main library.

Online Resources

The University of Central Florida Library pays for access to online journals, magazines, and newspapers for the UCF community. Only UCF faculty, staff, students have access to these publications. Selective, short list of resource sites for identifying serial publications are available electronically. Information available usually includes procedures for submitting articles, catalogs of publications, editorial policies, and table-of-contents information. Other services such as e-mailing table-of-contents and limited access to electronic editions will often be available. The Professional Societies' Home Pages will include membership and conference information.


Classroom faculty will announce any materials that have been placed on reserve in the Library. These are available at the reserve desk in the Circulation Department and at the Media Reserve desk on the 3rd floor of the main library. Materials may be requested with any of the following pieces of information: course name, course number, faculty member's name, title of the material.

Special Collections and University Archives

The Special Collections and University Archives holds materials which are considered rare, unique, or of special interest to researchers, the University, and Central Florida community.

Special Collections materials include rare books, pamphlets, ephemera, manuscripts, photographs, and art documenting subjects such as local history, Florida, the West Indies, book arts, and typography. Highlights of the collection include the Bryant West Indies Collection, the Malkoff Book Arts Collection, and the Mickler Collection of Floridiana

The University Archives holds publications and records of the University of Central Florida, formerly Florida Technological University, from its beginnings in 1963 to the current day. Materials are selected, preserved, and made accessible for their enduring historical and administrative value to the University. Documents include University publications, manuscripts, records, photographs, audio, film, and memorabilia. Please visit the University Archives website for more information:

Because of their unique and sometimes fragile nature, Special Collections materials cannot be checked out, they must be used in the Special Collections Room, Located on the fifth floor of the Library, Room 501. Readers in this room are asked to register and use the materials with care. Some materials cannot be photocopied. Special Collections is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. For assistance with the collections, please visit the website at or contact us by email, or phone at 407-823-2576.


Statistics are gathered to better predict potential growth so that the library can effectively anticipate its' patrons library needs. Collections statistics are available for public viewing. There is also an annual reports page and a budget history page that better represents UCF's growth and a quick facts about the UCF Library site for further inquiries.

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Last updated September 16, 2014 12:51:21 PM

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