First Floor Lobby and Atrium Guidelines
The expansive first floor lobby and 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 are the artist’s sculpted bronze hands holding words representing the enduring values of scholarship: wisdom, courage, inspiration, justice, beauty, tolerance, diversity, and truth. 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 (such as a recent exhibit presenting art books from the Dali Museum) are occasionally arranged for some of the space. Requests to use the lobby and atrium for special events and exhibits must be approved by the Library Dean .