Special Collections

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    Special Collections houses rare, fragile, and unique materials ranging from a 4,000 year old Sumerian tablet to early printed books, photographs and prints, sheet music, ephemera, and history and literature collections.

    The Special Collections Department of the University of South Florida Tampa Library supports the research and teaching missions of the University of South Florida by acquiring, preserving, and providing access to select and targeted monographs, manuscripts, illustrations, maps, sheet music, photographs, archival materials, and printed ephemera, as well as audio/video, images, and text in select digital formats. Collections are intended for use by the university community as well as the general public. Today, the Special Collections Department focuses its efforts on acquiring physical and digital materials around eight collection areas.

    Explore our major collecting areas, policies, and department statistics dashboard.

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Phone : (813) 974-2731

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We 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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We 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.


Students, 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.

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The 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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The 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!