The FLorida Academic REpository (FLARE) is the statewide shared collection of low use print materials from academic libraries in Florida. This centrally housed collection provides new options for sharing the costs and effort of long term retention of low use library materials. Under the FLARE memorandum of understanding, the materials designated under this agreement will be retained and made available as long as the need for them exists, thereby allowing participants to consider withdrawing duplicates of these items from their campus collections and to rely with confidence on access to the centrally retained copies. FLARE is housed in environmentally controlled, carefully inventoried and secure high density facility (HDF) style buildings located in Gainesville, operated by the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) on behalf of the participating libraries. Partners in FLARE include libraries of the State University System of Florida Universities, and the University of Miami.

Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC)

The Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC), in consultation with the University of Florida, has created the Florida Academic Repository (FLARE) library in both Aleph and Mango. This establishes FLARE as a distinct collection, separate from other State University System (SUS) library collections. FLARE holdings will display in the Mango union catalog as a separate institutional holding that is available to all patrons, regardless of the patron’s home library. They will display by default, not hidden under the “Show all Locations” option.

To search for FLARE materials in Mango, users can limit the search by searching “Selected Libraries: “Florida Academic Repository” or by using the “Subcollection: Florida Academic Repository” checkbox in the facets located on the left of the search screen. Requests for these items can be made through UBorrow and interlibrary loan (ILL). Monographs standard loan period is 60 days with a 30 day renewal. Extended loan periods will be available to faculty and grad students (one semester with a one semester renewal). Items needed for course reserves are also able to be checked out and placed on course reserve for one semester with a one semester renewal.  Journals and other formats (if a physical copy is required) will be loaned for two weeks as in-building use at requesting library.    

SUS libraries will have the option to display FLARE in their local catalog.  Please place a request via the RT HelpDesk Mango queue to request this option.