Florida Consortium for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
FC LAS collections and their staffs are major consortium strengths. The UF George A. Smathers Libraries field the sixth largest LAS collection in the US, including the largest collection of Caribbean materials held anywhere in the world. The FIU Libraries are focused on building comprehensive collections in targeted areas that enhance faculty teaching and research interests.
The UF collection includes over 470,000 volumes, 50,000 reels of microfilm, and subscriptions to over 1,200 journals. Sixty-two percent of the titles are in languages other than English. In addition to expanding its superb Caribbean collection, recent acquisitions emphasize Brazil and the Andean region. UF has a number of important special collections including manuscript records from Cuba and Haiti, numerous rare Cuban books, and archival materials of Spanish Florida.
The FIU collection includes over 65,000 titles, a 22% growth since 2001, with 50% in languages other than English. Regionally, it is strongest in the Caribbean and Central America, with recent gains registered in Argentine, Brazilian and Andean materials. FIU holds several special collections, the most significant being the Díaz-Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection, the largest collection of pre-revolutionary Cuban music in the world.