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UF Libraries Guide for Postdocs: Get Started

Library resources and services for postdocs

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)

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Need a book, journal article, or other item not in UF Libraries' collections? Make a request through ILLiad, the online book and document retrieval service, and we will ask another library to lend you the items you need.

UBorrow Info

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UBorrow lets you request materials directly from participating Florida state university libraries when the item is not available at UF. 

Just search the online catalog, follow the UBorrow links to the statewide catalog, find the item you want, and click the  uborrow button button. You can pick up the item at either Library West, Health Science Center Library, or the Legal Information Center.

It’s simple, it’s quick – try it!

UBorrow FAQs here!


RefWorks & EndNote

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RefWorks and EndNote Basic are web-based programs that allow you to store and retrieve your bibliographic citations easily. Access to these programs is provided for all UF-affiliated students, faculty, and staff. UF Libraries offers workshops on using these programs.

Copyright & Fair Use

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UF has seven branches on campus! **Each branch specializes in one or more subject areas.**

Library Locations

UF has seven library branches on campus! Each branch specializes in one or more subject areas. Click here for more information about branches and collections: map of library branches

Meet Your Subject Librarian


Why is it important to meet your subject librarian? Brian Croxall tells us in "An Open Letter to New Graduate Students":

"In your first few weeks on campus, you might not want to add one more person to your list of people to meet. But getting to know your subject librarian can be invaluable. Your librarian will be the person who best knows the university’s entire collection of databases, journals, and books in your field; consequently she or he will be able to help you find the things you didn’t even know were there but are necessary for your scholarship. Plus, the subject librarian is the person who controls library acquisitions in your field. Get to know ‘em and they will likely buy the books you need. (My subject librarian easily bought me 30 books.)

Your subject librarian can also teach you how to most effectively use your library’s catalog. As easy as that might sound—how hard can a search box be?—we’re here to tell you that your catalog is idiosyncratic and you’ll be much faster if you get some quick tips. Finally, your subject librarian likely has an advanced degree in your field. Consider him or her another mentor, even if s/he is in a different building."

Special Services for Postdocs

Places to Study
Twenty-Four faculty study carrels are available on the 4th floor of Library West.  They are assigned for the academic year by a lottery of eligible applicants who have applied using our online form.  See policy at

The following library branches have quiet study floors:

  • Library West: 4th Floor
  • Marston Science Library: 4th and 5th Floors
  • Education Library: 2nd Floor
  • Smathers Library: 2nd Floor

Checking Out Books:

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Funding Opportunities for Students, Faculty and Post-docs


The Fellowship Deadlines and Funding Opportunities pdf file above contains a list of grant and fellowhip opportunities for students - both undergraduate and graduate. Opportunities are categorized by deadline, degree level and area of study. The table of contents contains an overview of all the opportunities with the above details. Click on a hyperlink to see more details about the funding opportunity and get a link to the main application site.

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