Assistive Technologies Room and OneTouch Recording Booth

Services Overview
The library provides assistive technologies in a quiet study room setting for those with special visual needs.  The room also provides a miniature studio space for video recording.

Available in room POY 136, several technologies are available to assist users with accessing library materials. An mechanically adjustable worktable can accommodate a range of heights for easy wheelchair access.  A computer with dual large screen 19″ monitors has been equipped in the room, which can be used in tandem for screen magnification and text to speech function. Software offerings include JAWS, Dragon Speaking Naturally, Windows Magnifier, ZoomText, and Read & Write Gold. Large microphone, keyboard, and adjustable chairs also allow a range of uses for the room.  An ELMO magnifier can enlarge documents with lighting.

Also available in this space in Summer of 2017 is a one-touch recording studio, the new MyStudio Booth.  MyStudio Booth is a simple one button video recording setup that will capture a video of a person as well as a computer display such as a Powerpoint presentation, or web site. MyStudio can be used for practicing presentations for class, recording a class project, or conducting a mock job interview.   Recorded video and audio is saved onto a student supplied thumb drive, to can be edited elsewhere.  Easy to control switching of equipment allows the student to easily create video using a backdrop.

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 but are not limited to:

  • 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?
  • Have other options within USFSP been explored?

For additional information on these spaces and their use, please refer to

To request use of these spaces, submit your request using the Library Space Request Form.

Completion of this form does not imply consent to use the space; you should receive a response within 72 hours upon submission.

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 Staff 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

Student Technology Center

Located on the first floor of the library, the USFSP Student Technology Center provides an academic computing helpdesk, assistance and training in software such as Canvas and Student Information Systems, as well as access virtual platforms and software, and a digital makerspace.

Training Room
To facilitate training of students on popular topics, and also as a collaborative space for multiple users, the training and lecture lab will be a space that can be reserved by computing areas at USFSP and also as an open use environment during unscheduled times.

Ten students are the maximum for this space. The training schedule is kept online, and requests for training can be directed to Systems department members or can be requested online.  Five Dell Latitude and five Apple Macbook Pro Laptops will be available for training sessions that are scheduled through the Center upon its formal opening.
View the Schedule     Reserve the Space

Students may use this space to train with other USFSP students, or any USFSP Faculty, Staff or Students may request use of this space for groups of ten or less, provided that the subject is technology based. To request the space please email with your request.

Academic Computing Helpdesk
This is a place where students can meet and help each other solve course-related software questions or escalate the request to involve the USF IT Helpdesk via a designated phone. Hardware and software installations are not supported, but paths to instruction, student-to-student tutoring, and online resources are available. Reservations are not required, services are first-come, first served.

Digital Makerspace
Makerspaces can be considered centers for peer learning and knowledge sharing in the form of workshops, presentations, and lectures. Our makerspace is a digital environment, with emphasis on solving software issues directly related to academic scholarship. It differs from the Student Success Center in that it does not specialize in academic tutoring but instead on software and computing literacy with an emphasis on USFSP collaboration and teaching tools and information systems such as Canvas, Proctorio, and virtual applications (Google Apps, Adobe publishing tools, etc.)
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MyStudio Video Booth
This service enables students to create their own video content for online classes and other work. Named MyStudio, the MyStudio Booth is a room with an easy to use video recording setup that will capture a video image of the person as well as a computer display such as a Powerpoint presentation. MyStudio will allow users to create high-quality video projects without having to know anything about video cameras or editing.
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