Title: Marston Science Library
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00020073/00001
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Title: Marston Science Library
Physical Description: Book
Creator: University of Florida. George A. Smathers Librarie
Publication Date: 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
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Bibliographic ID: UF00020073
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Marston Science



Florida has a diverse agricultural economy
including cattle, forestry products, winter
vegetables, citrus, subtropical crops,
aquaculture, and ornamental horticulture. The
Marston Science Library collection supports UF
programs in these and all other areas of agricul-
tural science, agricultural biotechnology, food
science and nutrition, and rural life. Contained in
the collection, in addition to the many books and
journals, are virtually complete collections of U.S.
Department of Agriculture documents, Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services documents, and IFAS documents. In
addition, there are significant collections (such as
FAO documents) to support the University's inter-
national agriculture programs in tropical Africa,
Asia and Latin America.

Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences
Botany, zoology, geology, natural history, wildlife
and fisheries management, wildlife and habitat
conservation, ecology, climatology, environmental
engineering and all of their specialized disciplines
are supported by the MSL collections. Subjects
such as physiology, molecular biology, genetics,
and biomaterials are collected cooperatively with
the Health Sciences Center Library. Environmental
law, for the most part, is at the Legal Information
Center Library.

Physical and Mathematical Sciences
Astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and
related disciplines are supported by the MSL
collections. Significant electronic journal resources
are available from Elsevier, the American Institute
of Physics, the American Chemical Society, and
others to support these disciplines.

Engineering and Technology
Materials for civil, mechanical, electrical, and other
engineering disciplines can be found in the MSL.
This includes aeronautics, astronautics, metallurgy,
bio-engineered materials, and technology in
general. Some of these collections are shared with
the Architecture and Fine Arts Library and the
Health Sciences Center Library.

Computer Science
Program languages, computer graphics, control and
robotics, hardware engineering, software develop-
ment, electronics and other rapidly growing
computer science disciplines are also a part of the
MSL collections. Access to the IEEE Electronic
Library (IEL) provides full text versions of IEEE
and IEE journals and conference proceedings from
1988 to the present, and to current IEEE standards.

History of Science
In addition to collections supporting current
state-of-the-art studies and research, the
Library collections contain a considerable
amount of historical material. MSL contains
older books and journals in print, as well as a
growing number of books about the history
of science. Historically important primary
sources can be found in the Rare Book
Collection located in the Special Collections at
Smathers Library (Library East). Material on
the philosophy of science can be found in the
social sci-
ences col-
lections of

The Marston Science Library (MSL) was
named for Robert Q. Marston, seventh
president of the University of Florida. It
houses collections in agriculture; life,
earth and environmental sciences; physi-
cal and mathematical sciences; engineer-
ing and technology; and computer sci-
ence. The current collection originated
with the Florida Agricultural College
(Lake City) library which emphasized
agriculture and the sciences. Along with
UF's original main library and agriculture
library, several science branch libraries
developed over the years beginning in
1909. In 1987 MSL combined these
branch collections into one integrated
collection. There are about 5,000 journal
titles, some 500,000 books, and numerous
Federal and State documents. In addition,
the Map and Imagery Library is located
on the first floor.

Librarians at MSL specialize in particular
scientific areas. These librarians, their
specialties and contact information can
be found on the MSL Website at
www.uflib.ufl.edu/msl/. Support is
provided for undergraduate work and
graduate research, as well as faculty
research in the areas covered by our

For information on donor opportunities
to support Marston Science Library,
contact the director of development at
(352) 392-0342.

Photos by John R. Ashcraft

For more information contact:

Marston Science Library
PO Box 117011
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7011
Telephone: (352) 392-2759
Fax: (352) 392-4787

Marston Science Library Website:


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