Special Collections

Special Collections supports scholarly research, enhances teaching, and preserves USF and Florida history through a series of deep University and community partnerships.

To advance this mission, Special Collections:

  • Collaborates with the Research Platform Teams in providing access to primary research materials appropriate to their missions.
  • Engages researchers and encourages immersion with nontraditional and often rare resources through classroom, exhibit, and storage facilities.
  • Establishes and promotes strong community partnerships organized around local and regional history, environmental history, and cultural resources and heritage.

Contact Usmore_vertPhone : (813) 974-2731

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HourscloseWe are open everyday of the week except weekends and Federal Holidays.

  • OPEN:
  • Monday-Friday : 9am – 5pm
  • Saturday-Sunday : Closed
  • Location: 4th Floor
  • Phone : (813) 974-2731

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MaterialscloseWe offer a variety of options for reproductions of our materials. Patrons may take pictures with their personal cameras and cell phones. We also offer a self-service Bookeye scanner. We no longer provide photocopies.

Digital Collections provide online access to many of our materials.

ServicescloseStudents, faculty, staff, and community users interested in learning more about conducting research with the resources in Special Collections are encouraged to schedule a Research Consultation.


ExhibitionscloseExplore our current and past online exhibits.


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LGBT Research Award



Armenian Studies Research Award



Leland Hawes Undergraduate Prize in Florida Studies



Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Award


HIGHLIGHT: ELAPP History Projectmore_vertStory Map Exhibit

ELAPP History ProjectcloseThe Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) is a citizen-led effort to preserve natural areas in Hillsborough County, Florida. It began as a local response to rapid development and habitat loss, and continues to preserve wildlife corridors in a highly urbanized region.

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Environmental Collections spacloseThe Library’s Special Collections department invites professors and scholars to engage in research and data aggregation projects using its environmental materials. add_to_photos LEARN MORE!