Florida wildlife, which is featured in many UPF books (Photo by Darrell Land)

The University Press of Florida, also abbreviated as UPF, is the publishing branch of the State University System of Florida. This comprises the 11 state universities in the Sunshine State, which include:

– Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee)

– Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton)

– Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft. Myers)

– Florida International University (Miami)

– Florida State University (Tallahassee)

– New College of Florida (Sarasota)

– University of Central Florida (Orlando)

– University of Florida (Gainesville)

– University of North Florida (Jacksonville)

– University of South Florida (Tampa)

– University of West Florida (Pensacola)

The press is based near the University of Florida in Gainesville. Its physical address is 15 Northwest 15th Street. Originally founded in 1945, it is the oldest book publishing firm in the entire state and is considered one of the largest university presses in the southeastern United States. It was formerly known as the University of Florida Press. Since some of the 11 current universities opened their doors over the last few decades, a consortium was formed so that all of these school would be under the same umbrella name and work together to produce the highest quality academic and general interest books.

The first book printed by the press was Florida Under Five Flags: A Centennial History of the State by Rembert Patrick. Since the publication of this book, the press has focused on printing materials that reflect the uniqueness of the state of Florida, its culture, its history, and other subjects related to the region. Many schools in the state offer Florida Studies programs in which students use a number of these textbooks to study the state.

The University Press of Florida has published the following textbooks and academic materials:

Native Plant Landscaping for Florida Wildlife by Craig Norman Huegel (2010)

Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss (The Florida History and Culture Series) by Craig Pittman and Matthew Waite (2011)

Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida (Florida History and Culture) by Jeff Klinkenberg (2011)

Trailblazing Mars: NASA’s Next Giant Leap by Pat Duggins (2011)

Al Burt’s Florida: Snowbirds, Sand Castles, and Self-Rising Crackers (Florida History and Culture) by Al Burt (1997)

If you need any of these books for your classes, use Textbooks.org as an excellent resource to compare prices on them from a variety of online booksellers. If you attend any of the 11 schools listed above, you will likely find these books and many others published by the UPF in your local campus bookstore.