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Library Guide for International Students: US University Libraries

This guide is a collection of resource to help international students

About University Libraries

The organization of the UF Libraries is similar to that of many American university libraries:


The collections, which include books, journals and newspapers, as well as DVDs, are placed on open stacks. This means that you can freely access the shelves by yourself to get what you want.


The shelves are organized with call numbers, a series of letters and numbers placed on the spine of or in front of books, DVDs and other resource that will appear on the catalog search to allow you to locate what you are looking for.


Many more services are available to you online, and of course, your librarians are always here to help if you have any question!

Multilingual Glossary of Terms


Here are some resources to learn library terminology

Multilingual Glossary of Terms

Here is a document from the American Library Association to help you translate the vocabulary we use in the libraries

Definitions of Library Terms

Extra Resources

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