The Libraries seek to support research in the humanities and social sciences relevant to the Latin American and Caribbean nations in all departments and schools of the University but particularly the Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies, the Camões Center for the Study of the Portuguese-Speaking World, and the departments of Spanish & Portuguese, Anthropology, Architecture, History, and Political Science. It supports the needs of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Ph.D. students, and the teaching faculty, post-doctorates, visiting scholars, and research staff members.
In recent years, there has been an expansion of interest in Brazil and Mexico, especially in foreign affairs, economic development, and political economy. New courses include the study of gender, the African diaspora, social movements, and social and political history.
Areas of established specialization are Mexico, Brazil, and the Southern Cone in the subject areas of architecture, literature, history, political science and anthropology.