Planning Commission Library

Plan Hillsborough Library

The Planning Commission Library, located at 601 E Kennedy Blvd, 18th floor, room 1848C, is open 9am – 4pm, Monday through Friday.

Search and view some of our collection through the public library system.

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.
  • The oblique aerial viewer which incorporates approximately 175 aerial photographs of the City of Tampa from 1957-1960. Search and view these photographs through an interactive storymap.

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.

For more information contact Terry Eagan, the librarian, at or 813.273.3774 x349.