The mission of the Special Collections is to acquire, arrange, describe, preserve and provide access to rare, unique and out of print materials and interdisciplinary collections pertaining to the geographic, national and cultural regions of Latin America, the Caribbean, Miami and Florida to augment the research needs of patrons from the University and the wider community.
The collection includes books, manuscripts, archives, artifacts and media and spans the history, development and culture of Latin America, the Caribbean, Miami and Florida. Primary source materials are available in the reading room for discovery and research. Explore Our Collections.
We invite the public to engage with our collections by scheduling an appointment to discover and explore our unique primary source documents. A number of collections have been processed and finding aids with descriptions are available in the Archon Database. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the ability to provide access to born digital materials. Researchers may also search the FIU Library catalog for books and serials housed in Special Collections.
In addition, we are committed to increasing access to our collections through digitization. Please visit SPC Digital Collections to view the ever expanding online collection. Special Collections' provides digital access to documents, photographs, maps, videos, music, artwork and rare books focusing on the history, literature, culture, architecture and arts of the countries of the Caribbean basin.