The UM Libraries provide faculty, students, researchers, and staff with the highest quality access to collections and information resources in support of the University's mission to transform lives through research, teaching, and service. The Libraries rank among the top research libraries in North America with a collection of over 3.75 million volumes and 104,330 current serials titles, including 102,726 electronic journals.
The Libraries include the interdisciplinary Otto G. Richter Library, which lies at the center of the Coral Gables campus, and five subject specialty libraries for architecture, business, marine and atmospheric science, medicine, and music. The School of Law on the Gables campus and the Department of Ophthalmology at the Miller School host libraries that are administered independently.
The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 10,849 undergraduates, 5,952 graduate students, and 15,091 full and part time faculty and staff.
Subject Specialty Libraries
The Paul Buisson Architecture Library holds historic preservation pamphlets and reports, architectural maps and drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, books, and journals.
At the Judi Prokop Newman Information Resource Center, browse business e-journals, industry reports, and company profiles, get research assistance and bibliographic instruction.
Marine and Atmospheric Science
The Rosenstiel School Library houses marine science databases, maps and nautical charts, rare books, and oceanographic and fisheries literature from around the world.
The Louis Calder Memorial Library holds books, journals, and databases covering healthcare and the biomedical sciences, and houses the History of Medicine and other special collections.
Explore the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library & Technology Center's listening rooms, playback equipment, and music writing software, original scores and manuscripts, musical theater archives, music reference books, and more.
Cuban Heritage Collection, Special Collections, and University Archives
Through photographs, rare maps, letters, manuscripts, and other historic records, the Libraries' unique and distinctive collections document artist’s books and countercultural ephemera, the Caribbean, Latin America, Cuba, South Florida, and the inspiring history of the University from the first 'Cane.
"Working at the Cuban Heritage Collection in various capacities over the years—from student assistant to staff member and now as CHC Archivist—has brought me closer to my heritage and given me the opportunity to contribute to the preservation of Cuba's cultural legacy. The work we do at CHC is what inspired me to join the archives field, making Miami and UM Libraries always feel like home. I can think of no better place for a new information professional to grow."
"Handling books, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets, newspapers, zines or photographs of unimaginable value and variety is such a treat. This vast collection of history, culture, and subculture is profound, diverse and even quirky and fun. Where else would you come across a book on "Underground Alien Stations", Bruce Davidson's photographs on "Civil Rights" from the '60s, a copy of John Milton's "Paradise Lost" from 1691 or the 1957 menu of a legendary Miami restaurant, when a steak dinner cost $1.75—all in the same place? It's a wonderful mix and even more wonderful to see the young generation of students making new sense out of it."
"I really enjoy meeting distinguished people like Ray Bellamy who was the first black athlete at the University of Miami in the 1970s, and discussing details of the desegregation years at the U. I had the great pleasure of working with Dr. Whittington B. Johnson, first black professor in the Department of History at the University of Miami, while he was writing a book on Post-Emancipation-Race, and the integration of the University of Miami in 1962. Working with Arva Moore Parks over the last 15 years has been a true joy. She was the former chief curator, interim director, and chair of the Coral Gables Museum; she is also the author of numerous books on Florida history. Through her I‘ve learned so much about the University's early years, the Florida frontier and the magic city Miami."
The Learning Commons is a pilot project to transform the UM Libraries into a hub for academic services, where students can get help with research, writing, creating, mapping, presenting, and more. Complementing the classroom experience, the Learning Commons helps students in all disciplines pursue their own intellectual goals in conversation with peers and experts and with access to scholarly and creative resources. By increasing the accessibility of services, it optimizes library space at the center of the Coral Gables campus. We are striving to create an inviting new learning environment that is symbolic of the University’s common purpose: to transform lives through teaching, research, and service.
A new home for SPARC
At the Otto G. Richter Library, a former lecture hall is being renovated and transformed into a place of learning and discovery to benefit the entire community. This revival of a historic community space in the midst of the campus’ cultural center will also serve as an attractive and accessible new home for the University's Special Collections and Archives (SPARC) departments, which have outgrown their current spaces on the eighth floor.
Libraries and Museums
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the University of Miami to support collaboration between the Lowe Art Museum and UM Libraries on their joint effort to further faculty engagement with historical and artistic collections.
The partnership was envisioned through the inaugural Academic Art Museum and Library Summit, held in January 2016, which brought together 14 pairs of library and museum directors from North American academic institutions to address opportunities for deep intra-institutional collaboration.
The University of Miami Libraries' Learning Commons is the result of collaboration with campus partners including the Camner Academic Resource Center, Academic Technologies, Writing Center, and Math Lab. The planning process to develop the vision, mission, and service model for the Learning Commons was facilitated by Brightspot Strategy and involved extensive user research and engagement. We’re now designing the physical space and anticipating renovation in Summer 2017!
From Our Departments
Metadata & Discovery Services
"We love the opportunities to work with a variety of materials and content, diverse languages, and projects that push us to develop new technical skills. Most recently, we have implemented a workflow to catalog a large pre-1960's Cyrillic collection, tackled describing digital surrogates of physical objects from our unique Cuban Heritage Collection, and built more skill sets with maintaining our new ILS and discovery platform. We are always looking for new ways to collaborate and consult on issues regarding intellectual access, discoverability, and metadata in and outside the Libraries."
Digital Initiatives Metadata Librarian
Learning & Research Services
"The new Peer Research Consultant program is an exciting initiative coming out of Learning and Research Services. Since students are seen as more approachable by other students, this peer-to-peer model has increased our traffic at the Desk. So, we are helping more students! Our well-trained Consultants have the knowledge to help other students find the resources they need to complete their research and advance their academic careers."
Learning & Research Services Librarian
"Digital Strategies is just two years old and we've been really focused on building out new services for our faculty and students (including GIS, Research Data Services, and Digital Humanities), re-imagining the infrastructure we need to support our digital collections and services, and hiring the faculty and staff we need to help us accomplish these goals. I’m so proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish in such a short time frame including building extensive GIS support for the UM community through consultations, workshops, and even field support."
Associate Dean for Digital Strategies