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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, we have begun to collect the scholarly output of the university and will be making it accessible on DigitalFGCU, via our institutional repository. Our intention is to aggregate and disseminate faculty and student research. Our Scholarly Communication page provides 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.

Due to fire codes, it is mandatory that we keep our front doors closed, but our doors are unlocked, and we are here to assist any students, scholars, staff or faculty members for their research needs, as well as anyone who simply wishes to enjoy the gallery. Come in and peruse the gallery or request and view any archival materials. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you soon.

Contact Us:

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

Digital Initiatives Librarian
Kaleena Rivera

Archives Specialist I
Bailey Rodgers


ASCDI Reception