Library Services

Wireless Services Guide

The wireless network allows easy access to library catalogs, databases and the Internet for all USF students and staff.

Currently enrolled students, faculty and staff may access one of two wireless networks, USF standard or USF-GOLD. USF standard requires registration through a NetID account. USF-GOLD is encrypted and requires a more lengthly process using links below. Students may also check out a wireless laptop from the Access Services circulation desk, which are pre-configured to use the existing wireless network without registration.

Accessing the USF Wireless Network

In order to use the wireless network at the University of South Florida you must:

  1. Have a wireless card in your computer. 802.11b, g and n standards are supported. Please note that there are significant performance differences between the offerings of different vendors. Typically wireless adapters built into laptops have better performance than external cards. Many smartphones such as the iPhone and PDAs will also work.
  2. Have a valid USF email account. If you are a student, you can get an email account from University Network Access. If you are faculty, staff, or a visitor, please contact your respective department for an email account.
  3. Choose USF standard or USF-GOLD Network for connectivity options.  USF-GOLD is encrypted and does not necessitate registrations per semester, but may not work on all devices:

    USF standard wireless
    Connect to the Network Called “USF”, and register your laptop. Your browser should autodirect to the registration webpage at

    USF-GOLD wireless
    Connect to the Network Called “USF-GOLD” and follow the prompts for your NetID and certificates to set up WPA2 encryption. This process can vary for a variety of devices and platforms, so please visit for more information, or for step-by-step visual tutorial.

If you encounter problems, please contact the Help Desk (813) 974-1222.  Additional information can be found on the USF System IT page for Wireless on Campus.

Wireless access point locations and signal strength maps can be found using the Library Information Page button below:

Wireless Coverage Maps


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