The University of Tampa's library opened Oct. 19, 1969, and was originally named in honor of the late St. Louis industrialist, Merl Kelce, whose donation made the construction possible. It was re-named the Macdonald-Kelce Library in 1999 because of the generosity of the Macdonald Family Foundation whose contribution will transform the facility into a state-of-the-art information resource center. The Macdonald-Kelce Library is part of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.

It's the Macdonald-Kelce Library's 50th Anniversary this October 2019! Browse through the history of the library in the digital collectionsStop by the library from Oct. 21-25 for the celebration and a chance for prizes.

The Macdonald-Kelce Library provides access to:

  • More than 275,000 books and 65,181 periodicals
  • Reference materials
  • Government documents
  • Audio-visual tapes, laptops, CDs and records
  • Media services equipment and support
  • Special collections, including:
    • Florida military materials
    • Old and rare books
    • Local history and UT archives
  • Reference assistance and bibliographic instruction
  • Interlibrary loans and reserve materials
  • Computer lab and study rooms

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library organization consists of individuals and companies that support the Macdonald-Kelce Library and libraries in general. The group hosts events and co-sponsors activities with other campus organizations each year. With funds raised by membership dues and events, the Friends of the Library have purchased new library materials and equipment.  Learn more.