Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler
Exhibits Director
527 Library West
George A. Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Email: l.s.wheeler@ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 273-2564

Exhibits at the George A. Smathers Libraries

The George A. Smathers Libraries have an active exhibition program that shares, interprets, and promotes the collections. Exhibits support and enhance the Libraries’ role as an intellectual center of the university.

Challenging and innovative exhibitions are carefully developed in order to support the mission of the Libraries and the University. They promote interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching and stimulate intellectual curiosity. Items included in exhibits are primarily from the Libraries’ collections and supplemented, as appropriate, with materials from other sources.

All exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge. Physical exhibitions are open during the same hours as the building in which they are housed, unless otherwise specified and with occasional exceptions for maintenance. The Libraries also create and host online exhibitions which complement physical exhibitions and highlight the collections. Online exhibitions are freely available and accessible year round.

Smathers Libraries Exhibits Policy


Exhibits Department

The Exhibits Director and Exhibits Associate work with subject specialists and collection curators across the libraries to develop and support exhibits across the Smathers Libraries, including the branch libraries, departmental libraries, and the Health Sciences Center Libraries as well as online and traveling exhibits. The Exhibits Department is responsible for:

  • Exhibit scheduling
  • Exhibit coordination between branches
  • Coordination of traveling exhibits
  • Coordination of incoming and outgoing loans for exhibits
  • Design and technical support for Library exhibits
  • Design and printing coordination of collateral materials for exhibits
  • Multimedia companion content design and creation/coordination for physical exhibits
  • Online exhibit design
  • Exhibit installation and de-installation assistance
  • Adherence to Exhibits Policy and Style Guide

For questions or comments about the exhibition program, please send an email to exhibits@uflib.ufl.edu or contact Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler, Exhibits Director.