The Judaica Suite

The Judaica Suite, on the second floor of Smathers Library, was designed by the world-renowned architect and artist, Kenneth Treister. An alumnus of the University of Florida, Treister has spent his life creating, writing, and lecturing on architecture. He is the sculptor and architect of Miami Beach’s world-famous Holocaust Memorial. His work is recognized throughout the United States, Israel, and the Caribbean. In addition to the Price Library’s rare books, the Suite contains Treister’s handmade furniture, artwork, and sculptures, as well as his collection of rare chess sets. See the gallery below for images.


The Judaica Suite is available for classes, events, visits, and tours, etc. by appointment on Mondays to Thursdays. The Suite is open as a reading room on Fridays 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm without an appointment. However, there may be occasions when the Suite will be reserved for classes on Fridays, so please check in at the Grand Reading Room desk or call ahead (352-273-2755).

How do I access the books in the Suite?

Materials in the Suite can be consulted upon request in the Grand Reading Room. See the “Visitor” page for information about access or, for more information, contact the curator, Rebecca Jefferson: (email) or 352-273-2865 (telephone).

Talks, lectures, and other events in the Suite are posted on our Events website.


During the day, visitors to the Judaica Suite may use pay facilities to park at UF’s Reitz Union Parking Garage on the corner of Museum Road and Reitz Union Drive or off-campus at the Stadium Club, behind 1802 W. University Ave.

Attendees of evening events, please note that parking restrictions on-campus are lifted after 5:00 p.m., and parking can be found in lots noted on the UF Transportation and Parking Services Map.