Interacting with the Archives

In honor of October being Archives Month, I wanted to go over all the ways and places you can interact with our collections.

There are multiple ways you can visit the archives at FSU. You don’t need an appointment, you don’t need to be doing deep research, and you don’t even have to come to the library (even though we’d love to see you). Below is a list of FSU reading rooms, museums, and research centers that we work with or run; and the subject areas they cover.
Let us know which space if your favorite by voting for your top study space below!

The Research Center
The research center is where you can get up close and personal with our collections and our people. Located on the ground floor of Strozier Library, the research center is where you can come to read materials kept in the collection or dive deep into our archives. This is where we meet with researchers and welcome classes before heading to our dedicated classroom downstairs. If there is something you want to see or get to know better you’ll most likely find it here, or in the Pepper.

The Mary Lou Norwood Reading Room
The Norwood is on the second floor of Strozier Library right by the entrance of the main stairwell and elevators. This room is a quiet zone of the library and one of our exhibition spaces for Special Collections and Archives. This space is also used for events and can sometimes be reserved by faculty and staff. Otherwise, it’s open during the week for a needed quiet space to study or to enjoy objects from our archives on exhibit.

The Claude Pepper Museum and Library
The Pepper is located just up the hill from Strozier Library on Call Street within the Claude Pepper Center. Here, you can view the Museum which covers the life and work of Claude Pepper and you can visit our political archives collection in the Library reading room by walking to the back right corner inside the museum. The Library here is the access point for all of the political archives and some of the WWII collection.

The Heritage Museum
The Heritage Museum is located just inside Dodd Hall, to the right of the entryway. This space is used as a quiet space for students and visitors who want to learn more about Florida State University’s history from 1851 to the present. This museum hosts the perfect atmosphere for quiet reflection, studying, or a nostalgic exploration of FSU history and student life. The stained glass windows are made by the FSU Master Craftsman Studio and each depicts an image or symbol important to FSU’s past or FSU Student life.

Diginole: The Digital Library
The Digital Library is the easiest way for remote researchers, distant learners, and the curious from across the globe to visit our archives. Our goal is to support active learning and engagement by providing ample opportunities for discovery and scholarship. In order to achieve this goal, our digital library is constantly adding new resources.

Do you and your friends enjoy checking out our exhibit and study spaces? Vote which for your favorite archives location below! You can see our hours and services on this page so you have all the information you need for your next visit.

Some of the other exhibit and museum and exhibit spaces on campus include the FSU Museum of Fine Art, the WJB Gallery, and the Coyle E. Moore Athletic Center inside Doak Campbell Stadium.

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