Library Information

General Library Information

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library is an 81,000 square foot building located on Bayboro Harbor, ADA-compliant throughout, that is open 79 hours a week with full staff support.

With world-class artwork by USF alumnus Robert Calvo gracing the light-filled atrium and views of the harbor from all three floors, the building is a favorite spot for students, faculty, and the general public. 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 on the first floor – possible through the generosity of Dean of Education Bill Heller and his wife — features comfortable furnishings and glass walls to provide a degree of privacy and quiet in an otherwise very busy and collaborative open study space.

Welcome from the Dean

The faculty and staff of the library provide a full array of traditional library services (circulation, reserves, reference, instruction, research support), as well as distance learning and classroom technology support, assistive technologies support for special needs students, and campus ID card production. The Library provides in-person borrowing at all libraries of the USF System and interlibrary loan access to materials throughout North America and the world’s libraries. Reference assistance is available in person, over email, by phone, and through chat and specialized one-on-one research assistance is available by appointment.  Library faculty provide course-specific instruction sessions on demand and are continually developing and enhancing a suite of tutorials and research guides to ensure the success of USFSP’s students and faculty.

Through its partnership with the USF System, the Poynter Library provides access for USFSP students, faculty and staff to over a million electronic resources 24/7, including databases, electronic journals, electronic books and art images. With a continually updated on-site collection of approximately 300,000 items — including over 230,000 books, 600 current journal subscriptions, newspaper subscriptions, and over 9000 audiovisual titles including DVD, VHS, audiocassettes, and CD’s – the Library serves the traditional and emerging academic programs of the separately accredited University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The collections of juvenile fiction and non-fiction, as well as educational games, kits, and visual aids for classroom use, support the College of Education in its preparation of the next generation of educators. Special Collections and Archives — with collection strengths in marine science, local and regional history, journalism and media studies, 140 unique manuscript and book collections, and over 600 oral history interviews preserving the voices of the community – is a hub for researchers  from the University and around the world. The recently created USFSP Digital Archive with almost 9000 items of scholarship and University history rounds out the Library’s collections.

The Library is a technological hub for the campus, with wireless connectivity on all three floors and full access to the University’s suite of virtual applications through  In addition, there is a 45-station networked computing information commons on the first floor with the complete Microsoft office suite, SPSS and library-specific applications. Another 20 computers will shortly be added from a closed computer lab in Bayboro Hall. The library boasts a 27-station networked computing classroom and 14 high-tech group study rooms, all including large screen monitors designed for use with a laptop computer to supply audio and video for group project work.  15 laptops are available for loan and use within the building and there are new collaborative workstations on the first floor to provide more opportunities for students to work together on projects.   An Assistive Technologies Room with specialized equipment and software that allows those with physical limitations to access library materials and online databases through screen magnification and speech-to-text capability ensures that all USFSP students have the tools they need to be successful.

The Library supports classroom teaching technologies throughout USFSP and has available for checkout additional audiovisual equipment (slide and data projectors, video cameras, digital cameras, or CD players). Library staff also run the USF Card Center, providing ID cards for all USFSP students, faculty and staff. Coordinated support for online courses at USFSP is provided by a team of professionally certified instructional designers who assist faculty in the development of online courses and provide training and assistance with using Blackboard, Canvas, and other online course software and tools. An ambitious and innovative faculty development program includes in-house courses in the application of Quality Matters (QM) design principles and hosted webinars from Educause, the Sloan Consortium, QM, and others. A recently renovated broadcast studio, 6 large and small group listening and viewing rooms for all audio and video formats, a graphics lab, digitalization facility, a studio and control room, production room, and a dubbing and archive room round out the support provided to the faculty and students of USFSP by library staff.

The autonomous Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, serving the separately accredited University of South Florida St. Petersburg and USF students and faculty from the College of Marine Science, enjoys faculty and student approval ratings consistently over 90% for its services as documented in multi-year surveys: The Library faculty and staff are guided daily by the Library’s strategic plan, Gateway to the World’s Information:

We invite you to visit the library and take advantage of the wide range of services offered by our dedicated and service-oriented staff and faculty.

Contact Information

Carol HixsonDean of LibraryPhone: 727-873-4400Fax: (727) 873-4768