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Koreshan exhibit viewing

Our Mission

The University Archives, Special Collections, & Digital Initiatives Department of the Florida Gulf Coast University Library advances research by acquiring, preserving, and providing public access to original primary source materials.

Our Work

Librarians and staff work to collect the institutional history of Florida Gulf Coast University, which will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2017, as well as promote and preserve the local cultural history of Southwest Florida.

Our Special Collections house rare, fragile, and unique materials including, early printed books, manuscripts, photographs, sheet music, and ephemera. Our librarians, staff, and interns work to digitally preserve our collections and provide global access to them through DigitalFGCU.

In addition, our new Scholarly Communication Librarian is beginning to collect the scholarly output of the university and will be making it accessible on DigitalFGCU, our institutional repository. Scholarly communication is a growing field with the intention of aggregating and disseminating faculty and student research while providing adjacent materials such as information on author rights, copyright, and open access.    


If you wish to view any items housed within Archives & Special Collections or just wander through the gallery and enjoy the current exhibit, the reading room is located on the third floor of FGCU Library, room 322, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Contact Us:

Head of Archives, Special Collections, & Digital Initiatives
Melissa Minds VandeBurgt

Senior Library Technical Assistant
Kaleena Rivera

ASCDI Reception