Librarians can respond in many ways, especially through historical research collections.
The USF Libraries’ Special Collections department is determined to expand its collection of historically significant lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) materials in monographic, audio-visual, ephemeral, and archival formats. Our focus is on collecting materials that document LGBT history, culture, politics, community relations, and public health. While the Tampa Bay region remains an important focus, these collections are international in scope. USF Libraries LGBT collections provide valuable research material for scholars across disciplines—History, Law, Sociology, Political Science, American Studies etc.