Assistive Technologies Room

Services Overview
The library provides assistive technologies in a quiet study room setting for those with special visual needs.

Available in room POY 136, a computer has been specially equipped with Speech Recognition Software, as well as popular visual enhancement software such as ZoomText, and Read & Write Gold.

Two monitors are used in tandem to supply two differing adjustable screen resolutions for enhanced screen reading as well as text-to-speech services. A Telesensory Aladdin Classic video magnification unit is also provided. Students should work with Student Disability Services regarding training to use the equipment. Contact the Circulation Desk for access to room POY 136. Use of the room is normally on a first-come, first-served basis but Student Disability Services may reserve the room under special circumstances at the circulation desk. More information can be found on the ADA Web page.

Distance Learning Studio

The primary use of the 32 seat distance-learning studio is to provide video recording services as well as video conferencing services that directly support the teaching and research of USFSP. Services are provided to the requesting department when used by a faculty member in a regularly scheduled course, during actual class hours, as listed in the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

Requests for use of the distance-learning studio are accepted by Distance Learning on a priority basis as follows:

  • Scheduled credit classroom activities (E&G supported) and/or administrative services directly related to instruction.
  • Scheduled classroom activities (grant or other non-E&G supported).
  • Other educational programs (including grants and research programs).
  • Administrative services not directly related to instruction.
  • Student projects.
  • University activities sponsored by University organizations.
  • Governmental and non-profit agencies.
  • Activities, involving University personnel or students, not directly part of the University program.

First Floor, Atrium, and Scholars’ Lounge

The expansive first floor lobby and light-filled atrium’s stunning artwork designed by USF alumnus Robert Calvo features three sculptures representing the great libraries of Alexandria, Nineveh, and Pergamum.

Embedded in the building’s walls inside and out are the artist’s sculpted bronze hands holding words representing the enduring values of scholarship: wisdom, courage, inspiration, justice, beauty, tolerance, diversity, and truth. Learn about the Library’s artwork here. 

The lobby is the only public entryway to the more than 300,000 items (including books, periodicals, microforms, and archival materials) that the library holds, as well as the computer labs, reserve materials, Instructional Media Center, and all other library services. The lobby adjoins the primary computer commons, the café-style seating for laptop use, and a variety of study spaces. Special exhibits are occasionally arranged with external partners for some of the space. Requests to use the lobby and atrium for special events and exhibits must be approved by the Library Dean.

The first floor has been completely redesigned and refurbished utilizing the latest design principles and informed by student and faculty input. The newly completed Jeanne and Bill Heller Scholars’ Lounge overlooking Bayboro Harbor  – possible through the generosity of Dean of Education Bill Heller and his wife Jeanne — features comfortable furnishings and glass walls to provide a degree of privacy and quiet in an otherwise very busy and collaborative open study space.

Group Study Rooms

Fourteen study rooms are available for use by USF students, faculty, and staff.

The larger rooms in particular are intended for group work; a single occupant can be required to cede usage to a group if asked to do so by Library staff. Keys to the study rooms may be checked out at the circulation desk. A current USF ID card must be presented at the time of checkout. Study room keys are checked out for three hours and may be renewed one time if no other patrons are waiting to use a room. The fine for overdue room keys is 25 cents per hour. The fee for a lost key is $10.

All study rooms with the exception of 247 & 332 contain large screen monitors which may be connected to a laptop computer to supply audio and video for group project work. Wireless access is available, according to the wireless accessibility maps located online at page for Maps for the Library . Reservations for special usage may be arranged through the Circulation Desk.

Guideline/Policy for Group Study Rooms

Instructional Media Center

The Poynter Library’s Instructional Materials Center (IMC) was designed to house the library’s Instructional Materials, Juvenile Easy to Read, Juvenile Fiction, and Juvenile Non Fiction, and educational games and kits collections, mostly used by College of Education students and faculty. The Center is also used by the many students who take various children’s literature classes offered by USF. There are also 5 large and small group listening and viewing rooms available for all segments of the USFSP population and a faculty computer production room. Reserved requests for the IMC for any other groups or functions must be made to and approved by Instructional Media Services

Library Information Commons Student Use Computing

Computing services are available in the following areas of the library and may provide access to desktop publishing tools such as MS Office 2010 products including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, as well as statistical tools like SPSS, SAS and other common programs. The 1st Floor computing areas are named the USFSP Library Information Commons (IC), and all computers in this area are managed by NetID allowing access by registered students only.

In addition to the desktop publishing tools, these computers also allow access to Libraries of the USF System Databases, the Internet, and network based color and black & white printing.

For a more comprehensive list of computing software and hardware in the library, visit our companion pages listing services that are available through the Information Commons, as well as both hardware resources and software resources.

Library Instruction Classroom

Use of the Poynter Library Instruction Classroom is intended to support USF’s library instruction, research and service goals, promote user education and emphasize information literacy.


The Library Instruction Classroom is designed for both demonstration of and the practical hands-on learning with various library electronic information systems. Access is available to the Libraries of the USF System Catalogs, the Internet, and various software applications. The Hardware & Software Resources Guide contains a complete listing of all the software & hardware currently available in the room. Secured using a combination of mandatory profiles and system policies, student access to machines is provided according to the needs of the instructor. Software installations cannot be initiated by instructors or users, but will be performed by in-house technicians only. Twenty four Dell GX 9010 computers with 22 inch wide screen flat panel screens are available for use as student machines. One instructor machine with a 17 inch flat panel augments the instructor desk, all computers employ Windows 7, are fully networked and have unrestricted internet access. The lab is further equipped with two dry erase boards and a PROXIMA 6850 ceiling mounted projection system. The projections system as well as all student machines are set to a resolution of 600X800, although the instructor station and projection system are capable of 1280X1024 resolution with thousands of colors. Also available to the instructor is a Sympodium instructional display system, a videocassette recorder, and a laser pointing unit.

Guidelines concerning the scheduling, use and procedures regarding the Library Instruction Classroom can be found on the companion page, Guidelines for the Library Instruction Classroom.

Note: Requests to adopt software in the Library Instruction Classroom must conform to the Software Adoption Guidelines, and be made to the Systems Office at 727 873-4402.

Information on the use of this space can be found on the On-Site Resources Page related to the Library Instruction Classroom, which contains information on how to reserve, use, and contact support for this resource.


Maps of the Library

Library Floor Maps

Please use these floor maps to quickly locate materials within each floor of the library:

Library First Floor

Library Second Floor

Library Third Floor

The following maps show the relative strength of the wireless computing network within the library. The closer to the large dot, the more red the map and the stronger the signal strength for laptop network use.

Wireless First Floor

Wireless Second Floor

Wireless Third Floor

Non-Public Spaces

The Library has several non-public spaces that are designed to facilitate the work and promote the mission of the institution and the Library. These spaces may be booked, with the Library Dean’s approval, for use by the USFSP community for meetings or promotional events. These include:

Requests by USFSP groups to use the Library’s non-public spaces for promotional or business events will be reviewed by the Library Dean. Criteria used by the Dean in evaluating a request include:

  • Is the event important to the goals of USFSP?
  • Is the Library a co-sponsor of the event?
  • Is the event organizer affiliated with USFSP?
  • Is the event a high-profile event that may also serve to promote the Library and its services?
  • Will the event or meeting disrupt the work of the Dean or other Library staff (whose work areas adjoin some of the spaces)?
  • Are Library staff needed to assist with setup/cleanup and ingress/egress for the event?
  • Have the organizers arranged for security when the event takes place in whole or in part after the building is closed?
  • Are the event organizers prepared to reimburse the Library for staff expenses related to the event or for damages to or loss of equipment and facilities?
  • Will the Dean or other Library staff be expected to participate in the event in some fashion?
  • Will the Dean or other Library staff be denied access to the area during the event?
  • Is the meeting a business or a social event?
  • Do the organizers need to have access to a staging or preparation area for caterers?
  • Is the event of long or short duration?
  • Have other options within USFSP been explored?

Dean’s Conference Room

The Dean’s Conference Room (Poynter 319) adjoins the Dean’s Suite and the Dean’s Office (Poynter 318). The room was designed to provide essential meeting space for the Dean and other Library staff. The Conference Room has four doorways (normally kept closed and locked): a doorway onto the Library Terrace, a doorway to Special Collections and Archives, a doorway to the Dean’s Office, and a doorway to the Dean’s Suite. Because the Dean’s Office and the Conference Room share a doorway, loud conversations in the Conference Room disrupt the work of the Dean. The Library’s administrative staff have offices in the Dean’s Suite and may also be disturbed by loud conversations or frequent comings and goings in the Conference Room. When not in use by the Dean or Library staff, the Dean’s Conference Room may be booked by members of the USFSP community through theDean’s Office.

The Library Terrace

The Library Terrace is an open-air venue that overlooks beautiful Bayboro Harbor. It can be entered through the Dean’s Conference Room, the Library Staff Lounge, and the Library stairwell. In the event of inclement weather, the Library’s public spaces may not be considered a backup. It is the responsibility of event organizers to secure a secondary location elsewhere within USFSP in case of inclement weather.Requests to use the Terrace may be booked through the Dean’s Office.

Event Organizers are responsible for hiring security for any authorized event that takes place outside of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Non-university community members seeking to use the Library Terrace will be asked to make a $300 contribution to the library. At the discretion of the Library Dean, the contribution may be waived or the amount may be reduced.

Library Staff Lounge

The Library Staff Lounge is for the use of Library staff taking breaks from work or eating a meal. It is accessible by the staff elevator, the Library Terrace (locked except when in use), the back stairwell (keyed access only), and a doorway off an interior public space (keyed access only). If an event for the Terrace has been approved and use of the Staff Lounge has been approved for preparation or staging by caterers, Library staff must continue to have access to the Lounge for their meals and breaks. Requests to use the Staff Lounge as a staging area for Terrace events may be booked through the Dean’s Office .

Professor Harry J. Schaleman, Jr. Research Office

The Professor Harry J. Schaleman, Jr. Research Office has been designed to accommodate visiting scholars to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The room is filled with artifacts, resources and memorabilia from the extensive travels of Dr. Schaleman (1928-1995), a popular professor of geography at USFSP who visited nearly 200 countries during his lifetime. Upon Professor Schaleman’s death in 1995, an outpouring of donations from colleagues, friends, and former students made it possible to set aside this space for visiting scholars. Application to use the office should be made to the Library Dean.

Other Public Areas

Occasionally the book stacks, study areas, or other public spaces are requested for public events, such as filming or short interviews. With the Dean’s permission, such areas may be used for events of short duration if the expected disruption to students and other Library patrons or staff is minimal.

Poynter Corner

Poynter Corner

Poynter Corner is a popular mixed-use study and collaboration area that was designed for students to study individually or to work in groups and practice presentations.

Located in the southwest corner of the first floor of the Poynter Library, the area features rolling tables and chairs that enable students to reconfigure the layout of the room in support of their work. It comes equipped with sophisticated technology to support student group work, including a 19”  LCD flat panel TV screen connected to  a PC with an Intel i3 processor, CDRW/DVD drives, sound, and  the Microsoft Office suite of applications for students to practice individual or group presentations. Poynter’s Corner also comes equipped with several large dry-erase boards as well as two stationary Hermann Miller Resolve multi-seat workstations with power for laptop use at individual workstations. Student use of the space and equipment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Use of the Corner for Events

Student use of Poynter Corner has priority. While the space in Poynter Corner may sometimes be reserved for non-Library events throughout the year by securing the Dean of the Library’s approval in advance, the space was designed to serve the needs of students working on classwork and other assignments. The Dean takes into account the number and frequency of scheduled events, the prospective disruption to students needing to study, whether the proposed event is open to students, and the availability of other space on campus in making her decision on whether to allow events in the Corner.

Library Space Request Form for use of Poynter Corner

Special Collections Reading Room

Special Collections and Archives serves as the repository for rare and unique research materials. The Reading Room is a public space available to researchers using the materials within Special Collections. The room can accommodate up to 25 people (standing room only) for class presentations, meetings, and events. Due to the presence of some materials on shelves in the Reading Room, all event requests must have the approval of the Special Collections Librarian or the Library Dean. All Reading Room events that receive approval will require the presence of the Special Collections Librarian or a representative throughout the entire period of use (including setup and breakdown). Under no circumstances will the room be left unattended by the Librarian or designated staff. No food, drinks, or other materials that have the potential to stain or damage any books, library materials, or furniture will be permitted in the reading room