The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is one of the premier libraries in the world focused on Latin America and Latin@ Studies. In partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the Benson Collection is a global destination for research and study, featuring over a million volumes as well as a wealth of original manuscripts, photographs and various media related to Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Latina/Latino presence in the United States.
The Benson Study Commons is a quiet study space located on the second floor of the Collection (SRH 1.206). This study space is outfitted with wired tables, large windows with expansive views of the oaks and campus, and pictures from the Tony Gleaton photography exhibition (Tengo Casi 500 Años: Africa’s Legacy in Mexico, Central & South America).
The Rare Books and Manuscripts section is a closed stack area which houses not only rare books and archival collections but also audio-visual materials, photographs, sheet maps, memorabilia, and ephemera.
The Benson Latin American Collection and LLILAS host or have been partners in a broad array of digital projects and initiatives. We invite you to learn more about these rich collections, or browse and search their contents.