Special Collections

Special collections are scattered throughout member libraries throughout the county.

These collections include:



  • Clearwater Sun Archives – Main Library
  • Wickman Collection – A collection of books and materials about boating, yachting, and the sea – Main Library
  • Leadership Collection – A collection of books and materials on business leaders and leadership methods – Main Library
  • Florida Collection – A collection of books and materials (fiction and non-fiction) on the State of Florida – Main Library
  • African American Collection – North Greenwood Branch


  • In addition to the standard fiction, genre fiction and non-fiction collections in regular and Large Print for all ages, the Dunedin Public Library has an excellent audio-visual collection. This collection features DVDs, videos, audiobooks on CD and cassette, music CDs and interactive CD ROMs.
  • John A. Mease, Jr. Genealogical Collection – mostly early New England sources Morton Plant Mease medical reference collection

Gulf Beaches

  • African American Films
  • Art – “How to” (Watercolors)
  • Foreign Films
  • Florida Collection
  • Large Print
  • Westerns

Gulfport Public Library

  • Gabber Archives
  • Gulfport Gabber Archives
  • LGBTQ Collection
  • Russian Language Collection


  • English Language Learning
  • Genealogy
  • Local History
  • Spanish Language Collection
  • Parent/Teacher Collection

Palm Harbor Library

  • Adaptive Toys
  • Business Center
  • First Steps to Go
  • Florida Collection
  • LP’s with turntable
  • Launchpads
  • Literacy Collection
  • Musical Instruments
  • Playaway Views
  • Robin Dombrowsky Genealogical Collection
  • Spanish Collection (Adult & Juvenile)
  • S.T.E.A.M. Kits

Barbara S. Ponce Public Library

  • Adult New Reader (literacy) Collection
  • Bilingual and Sign Language Collection – juvenile materials for learning foreign languages (primarily Spanish) and sign language instruction
  • Professional Collection – resources for teachers and homeschool parents
  • Spanish Language Collection

Safety Harbor

  • Historical Safety Harbor Herald Newspapers from 1925 – 1972. Full sheets in archival encapsulation. May be viewed in the library.
  • Deaf Collection
  • Literacy Collection
  • Spanish Collection

St Petersburg

  • Florida History/St. Petersburg History (reference collection)
  • Florida Index (subject index to St. Pete Times and other Florida publications)
  • Government Documents collection (33% federal documents depository, plus Florida state documents)
  • Pinellas County city directories (from c. 1916, with gaps)
  • St. Petersburg Times microfilm
  • St. Petersburg Evening Independent microfilm

St. Pete Beach

  • Florida Collection – fiction, history, biography, travel, cooking, gardening about the Sunshine State
  • Foreign and Documentary Films – large separate sections for foreign-language films and documentaries
  • Music Collection – varied artists/genres in an extensive collection of CD music


  • Parent Teacher Collection – resources on parenting, teaching, and homeschooling (located in the children’s department, and designated with the letters PTC at the beginning of the call number)

Tarpon Springs

  • Depository for materials on Stauffer Chemical Company Superfund Site and Tampa Bay Water Gulf Coast Desalination Project
  • Florida Collection
  • Foreign Language Collection, with an emphasis on Greek and Spanish
  • Genealogy Collection
  • Peska Business Center