Collections by Location

John C. Hitt Library

General Collection

Acquisitions and Collection Services is responsible for acquiring and providing access to all materials in the UCF Libraries General Collection, which includes books, media, journals, databases, and more. To recommend material for the general collection, please fill out our Materials Recommendation form.

Government Documents

UCF Libraries is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and the Florida Public Documents Depository Program (FPDDP).  For more information, visit the Government Resources guide.

Patents & Trademarks

The UCF Library is a member of the Patent and Trademark Resource Centers (PTRCs). There are eighty-three member libraries in the United States and Territories. The PTRCs is administered by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The UCF Patent and Trademark Library is open to the public and has the resources needed to do preliminary patent and trademark research.

If you are a community member or UCF student, please contact Missy Murphey, Patent and Trademark Librarian, before visiting the UCF Library for patent assistance.

To get started, visit our Patents or Trademarks guides.

Special Collections & University Archives

  • Special Collections acquires monographs, maps, photographs, ephemera, and visual and audio materials that have a central function to the curriculum that support long-term research goals. With these goals, Special Collections has developed five distinct collecting areas which are African Americana, Book Arts & Typography, West Indies, Floridiana, and Travel & Tourism.
  • The University Archives holds publications, records, photographs, and other materials about the University of Central Florida (UCF), formerly Florida Technological University (FTU), from its beginnings in 1963 to the current day. Materials are selected, preserved, and made accessible for their enduring historical and administrative value to the university. University Archive acquires mostly paper-based records but also collects ephemera as well as audio and visual materials.

Rosen Library

In support of the college’s curriculum, the Rosen Library’s collections are focused on the entire hospitality industry, with particular strengths in the areas of event management, lodging management, restaurant management, theme park management, and tourism management. Library materials are indexed in the UCF Library Catalog.

The Library features a collection of more than 10,000 titles, approximately 100 current print periodical subscriptions, and access to the main UCF library’s collection of over 2 million volumes and more than 29,000 print and electronic periodical subscriptions.

The Universal Orlando Foundation Library also serves as a World Tourism Organization (WTO) depository library, a distinction bestowed upon only six libraries in the United States.

For more information, visit the Rosen Library website.

Special Collections

The following collections are maintained by Digital Initiatives and University Archives.  They can be helpful for certain tourism and theme park topics:

Curriculum Materials Center

The Curriculum Materials Center maintains a collection of approximately 43,000 print and non-print items that support the curriculum of the College of Education and Human Performance.  These resources are primarily items that would be used in Pre-K through 12th grade classrooms.  All of these items can be accessed through the UCF Library Catalog and are available for checkout to all UCF students, faculty, staff, and the members of the surrounding communities.

Downtown Campus Library

The Downtown Campus Library serves the programs at the UCF-Valencia College joint campus in Downtown Orlando. It maintains a collection of approximately 5,000 print items in the Doctor Phillips Academic Commons.  All of these items can be accessed through the UCF Library Catalog and are available for checkout to all UCF students, faculty, staff, and the members of the surrounding communities.

Online Collections

STARS (Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship)

COMING SOON! As UCF’s digital repository this will become a prominent collection of materials for, by, and about UCF. In Spring of 2015 the UCF Libraries received technology fee funding to start an institution-wide digital repository. It has been named STARS, Showcase of Text, Archives, Research & Scholarship. By sharing intellectual and creative outputs in a central site in the cloud, STARS will allow faculty and students to showcase their work and make outputs available to expand and enhance research, teaching, and learning.

Digital Collections

Our born digital and retrospectively digitized collections contain materials that provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship. Many of the materials are unique to the Central Florida community including Central Florida Memory, the Carey Hand Funeral Home Records, Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies, Florida Heritage, Florida Historical Quarterly, Institute for Simulation and Training, Special Collections, African American Legacy – The Carol Mundy Collection, Civil War, Digital Library of the Caribbean, Harrison “Buzz” Price Papers, PRISM: Political & Rights Issues & Social Movements, Theses and Dissertations, UCF Community Veterans History Project, University Archives, Central Florida Future, Pegasus Yearbooks, UCF Catalogs, and University Photograph Collection.

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