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The Planning Commission Library
601 East Kennedy Blvd., 18th Floor
Tampa, Florida 33602
813-273-3774 Ext. 349

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About the Planning Commission Library

The Planning Commission Library was established in 1959 as part of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. This is a research library for planners, historians, and elected officials. The library maintains an extensive collection of early urban plans, photographs from the mid-century along with historical studies about Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa. All aspects of urban and regional planning are included in the collection such as:

  • The histories of communities in the county;
  • Transportation studies including rail studies and mass transit;
  • Environmental studies including green building;
  • A large collection of Presidential papers related to the implementation of public policies.

Researchers, doctoral students and other historians often visit this library to use resources found nowhere else in the country.


The Planning Commission librarian is available to assist in detailed research projects including: mapping and spatial analysis, demographic research, residential and commercial permitting. The Planning Commission librarian maintains an extensive collection of Census products and frequently assists both grant writers and business analysists in determining the overall business climate of the county.

The Planning Commission Library