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The University of Tampa Macdonald-Kelce Library

Continuity of Library Services: About the Library

A guide on how the library can help you with online teaching and learning in Spring 2020. Please see homepage for COVID-19 updates

A Brief History of the Macdonald-Kelce Library

The original University of Tampa Library was housed in Fletcher Lounge in historic Plant Hall from 1933 until 1969.

The Merl Kelce Library at The University of Tampa opened October 19, 1969, and was named for the late St. Louis industrialist, Mr. Merl Kelce. His donation of $250,000 to the UT Building Fund made completion of the facility possible.

It was re-named the Macdonald-Kelce Library in 1999.


For information about library services during COVID-19 see the Continuity of Library Services page.

Welcome to this brief introduction to the Macdonald-Kelce Library at the University of Tampa. If you can't find the answer to your question here please contact us at the Reference Desk, or send an email to

Macdonald-Kelce Library Mission

The Macdonald-Kelce Library, as the information access center of the University, has the basic goal of supporting instruction, research and service learning.  Members of the University community use Library resources, print and electronic, to meet their various informational needs.  As a Federal depository, the Library is also open to the public seeking government information. Librarians and Library staff are committed to providing a comfortable environment, service that promotes the goals of lifelong learning, and making scholarly content generated by UT more open, accessible and durable.

Library Hours

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Macdonald-Kelce Library - The University of Tampa - 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. - Tampa, FL 33606 - 813 257-3056 - - Accessibility