In 1972, the University of West Florida was directed by the Florida Board of Regents to establish a center of higher education in Panama City. The center was originally located in the Bay County School Board Office Building and the Gulf Coast Community College campus. The library was housed in Gulf Coast Community College.
In 1982, Florida State University acquired responsibility for the Panama City Center. At this time, classes continued to be held in the Bay County School Board Office Building and the Gulf Coast Community College. FSU library materials purchased for FSU Panama City Campus were housed in the Gulf Coast Community College library. When FSU accepted responsibility of the Panama City Campus, it was clear that the facilities and number of resident faculty were not sufficient to provide education of the quality FSU desired.
In 1983, construction began on the new Florida State University Panama City campus complex. The new facilities were formally dedicated in 1986.
Between 2004 and 2006, funding was approved for an Administrative Services Center and an Academic Center. Completed in 2007, the three-story Academic Center houses the The Library and Learning Center (LLC) at the FSU Panama City. The LLC provides students with access to all resources and materials provided by Florida State University. The LLC also provides professional university librarians and library assistants to assist with research, individual and course-integrated library instruction, and group and private study rooms.