The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library offers a variety of services to support students, faculty and staff.

AAL English Language Ask-A-Librarian

What kind of questions do users have in general? The “Virtual Library” is sponsored under the LSTA forecast (Act on library services and technology), as part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Institute of Museum and Library Services), and administered by the Florida Department of State (Department of State) and the State Library and archives of Florida (Library and State Archives of Florida). The “Virtual Library” is a service of Florida Electronic Library (Electronic Library of Florida).

AAL: Spanish Language Ask-A-Librarian

Qué tipo de pregunta hacen los usuarios en general? El “Bibliotecario Virtual” está patrocinado bajo la previsión del LSTA (Acta sobre servicios bibliotecarios y de tecnología), como parte del Institute of Museum and Library Services (Instituto de servicios bibliotecarios y de museos), y administrado por el Florida Department of State (Departamento de Estado) y el State Library and Archives of Florida (Biblioteca y archivos estatales de la Florida). El “Bibliotecario Virtual” es un servicio de Florida Electronic Library (Biblioteca electrónica de la Florida).

Academic Support for Students

Academic Support for Students

Academic Support Services for Online Learning

Academic Support Services for Online Learning include the Academic Success Center, Ask a librarian service, and Ask a librarian in Spanish.

Accessing library resources from off campus

Accessing library resources from off campus: The USF Libraries subscribe to many databases and electronic books that are subject to licensing restrictions which limits them to USF system faculty and currently enrolled students. To gain access, enter your netID at

ADA Services

OVERVIEW Library staff can usually respond to requests for brief assistance, such as retrieving a book from the stacks or helping a student use the on-line catalog to find a couple citations. For lengthier assistance, please make arrangements with the Office of Student Disability and Volunteer Services. They may be reached at 727-873-4990, or online [...]

AudioVisual Equipment Request Form

Instructional Media / AudioVisual Equipment Request Forms

Connecting from off Campus

The USF Libraries subscribe to many online research materials subject to license restrictions that limit off-campus access to USF students and employees only. This system verifies that you are a current USF affiliate and then enables access from your computer. * Key USF NetID: All students and employees of USF should obtain a NetID. If [...]

Course Reserves

Course Reserves is a service provided by the Poynter Library to USFSP teaching faculty & staff. This service allows instructors to place items such as textbooks, study guides, media and supplemental resources on Course Reserve for the benefit of their students. Students are required to have a valid USF ID for checkout.

Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. We aim to cover all subjects and languages. There are now 4,272 journals in the directory. Currently 1,598 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 300,866 articles are included in the DOAJ service.

General Information and Oversight

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library serves the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s campus community. Located in Bayboro Harbor, the library is an inviting place for students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors to read, relax, research, or study.

Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms: Group study room keys may be checked out at the circulation desk with a current USF ID card. Keys are checked out for 3 hours at a time. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Guidelines Development

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library operates according to USF System policies and guidelines, policies specific to USFSP, and detailed guidelines and policies specific to its operation and service mission.

Hold Requests and Recall Notices

Hold request may be placed online for library materials that are currently checked out. Sign into your library account by going through the online renewal system with your USF ID 205000…. and your birth MM/DD.

Instructional Design Services for Faculty

Online Learning and Instructional Media Services at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library provides instructional design and educational technology services in support of USF SP’s online learning mission.

Instructional Media Services for Faculty

The primary responsibility of the Instructional Media Department is to provide services that support the teaching and research efforts of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. This includes the development and support of “state of the art” media resources, systems, networks, and equipment.

Instructional Media: About the Services of Instructional Media

Services are provided at no cost 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. Charges are assessed on all services held outside the classroom and those not directly related to scheduled classroom activities or related administrative services.

Instructional Media: Classroom Equipment and Usage

Classroom Technology is a joint operation between Instructional Media Services and Campus Computing that supports the educational technology needs of faculty and students in a classroom setting.
If you require audio visual assistance, please call 873-4409. If you require computer assistance in these rooms, please call 873-HELP (4357).

InterLibrary Loan

InterLibrary Loan (ILL) can allow you to request Books and Articles that the USFSP Nelson Poynter Memorial Library does not currently own, but are owed by other libraries. Borrowing materials through ILL has different parameters depending upon student status, as determined by NetID.

InterLibrary Loan (With NetID)

Have a USF NetID? Click the button below to log in using your USF NetID and password. First time users will be redirected to a registration form.  LOGIN ILLIAD IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO: Shimberg Health Sciences Library patrons (including students, staff, and faculty from the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College [...]

InterLibrary Loan (Without NetID)

Don’t have a USF NetID? Click the button below to log in with your USF ILLiad username and password. First time users must complete a registration form. LOGIN EXAMPLES OF PATRONS WITHOUT NETIDS: State University System (SUS) students, staff, and faculty Faculty proxy accounts with 22102 library ID numbers  

Laptops for Student & Staff Use

The Poynter Library provides fourteen (14) Dell Inspiron and six (6) Apple Powerbook Pro wireless laptops for USF students, adjunct faculty and staff.. Available for use within the library they contain all programs included in the Microsoft Office Suite.

Liaison to Community Groups

In keeping with its strategic vision, the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library places a high value on partnering with and serving not just the students and faculty of USFSP and the entire USF System, but also the broader community through relationships with community groups.

Library Liaisons (Subject Specialists)

ACADEMIC PROGRAM Librarian Name Anthropology Patricia Pettijohn Art History Patricia Pettijohn Biology Deborah Henry Criminology Kaya van Beynen Economics Gary Austin English – Literature & Technical Writing Patricia Pettijohn Environmental Science & Policy Deborah Henry French Carol Hixson Geospatial Science Deborah Henry Graphic Design Patricia Pettijohn> Health [...]

Online Learning Training Calendar

Online Learning Training at USF SP’s Nelson Poynter Library

Online Learning: Accessibility Services

Distance Learning and Instructional Media Services strives to ensure that both our website and the courses created with support from our office are accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities. Students wishing to report an inaccessible feature within an online course or request more information about accessibility within USFSP online learning courses, please contact Karla Kmetz at 727-873-4474.

Online Learning: Distance Learning Course Development Program

Higher education is undergoing major transformations and changes in the initial decades of the twenty-first century. One such change is the expanding role of online education. It is vital that USFSP provides its students a robust pathway to online programs and courses appropriate to their increasingly complex learning needs and lifestyles. Additionally, our Faculty is our institution’s most valuable asset. They must be afforded appropriate, quality professional development opportunities to advance their teaching acumen and technological skill set….

Online Learning: Quality Matters Certification

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. The QM process reviews course design using the following eight standards: Course Overview and Introduction, Learning Objectives, Assessment and Measurement, Instructional materials, Learner Interaction and Engagement, Course Technology, Learner Support, and Accessibility.

Online Learning: Technical Support

Online Learning technical support includes assistance in Canvas, Course Video or Media Support, Library Support for Online Learners, the Elluminate Live! Helpline and offers services in tandem with the USFSP Library Information Technology Help Desk.

Public Spaces Overview

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library’s primary mission is to support the research, learning and teaching needs of the students and faculty of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) by providing access to information resources and classroom technologies; by assisting users in finding, evaluating and utilizing those resources and technologies effectively; and by using Library space creatively to enhance learning/teaching opportunities for USFSP.

Renew Materials

Who can Renew Materials Only current USF Faculty, staff and students may renew materials online.  Please note that some library materials are not renewable.  When a renewal is successful, a new due date will appear in green. Please identify yourself ID/barcode and verification are not case-sensitive. ID Number: 14-digit Library Number on your USF ID [...]

Request a Book or Video for Purchase

This form is to enable you to suggest materials for the Library to consider for purchase and addition to the collection. Requests will be evaluated by library faculty based on available funds and USFSP programmatic needs.

Request an Item to be Rush Cataloged

Please use this form to request cataloging of a USF St. Petersburg Library book that is listed in the USF online catalog as “In Process”. The library staff will make every attempt to expedite the cataloging process. You will be notified when the book is available.

Research Assistance: Graduate Students

Direct links to library databases, e-journals, the USFSP Digital Archive, Refworks, and interlibrary loan. Time-saving tips help you keep current with your discipline.

Research Assistance: Faculty Services

Quick links to library databases, e-journals, the USFSP Digital Archive, Refworks, and interlibrary loan. Find library research modules (citation style, avoiding plagiarism, etc) to add to your course page. Information on calculating scholarly metrics for your T&P package…and more!

Research Assistance: Help for my Class

Find research help directly related to your own class.

Research Assistance: Help for my Major

A great place to begin your library research with resources most appropriate for your major.

Research Assistance: Most Popular LibGuides

Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your librarians…for you.
Research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources compiled by your friendly librarians. Know what we know – find it in LibGuides!

Self Checkout Circulation

The self-checkout located near the front entrance/exit of the library allows patrons to checkout library books from the general collection including recreational books.

Media items will have to be checked out at the circulation desk.

Technical Support for Students

The Information Technology Help Desk offers help services accessible via phone, Internet, email, or in person. For further assistance with Canvas, consult the detailed user guide or video tutorials


UBorrow is a service offered by Florida’s public state university system libraries. It allows eligible patrons to borrow materials directly from any participating library when the materials are not available at the patron’s home library. UBorrow FAQs

USF ID Card Center

It is the policy of the University of South Florida that all Students, Faculty, Administrative and Professional (A&P), University Support Personnel System (USPS) and OPS personnel must obtain and carry the USF ID card while on-site. Courtesy cards are available upon request to temporary USF employees, volunteers, and staff members of University related entities. Retired USF employees are entitled to a retiree card.

USFSP Digital Archive: About the archive, and what it can do for you!

Digital Archive@USFSP is the open access digital archive for the faculty, students and staff of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Open access journals, conference or other presentations, pre and post-print articles, instructional resources, student projects, theses, dissertations, and university archival materials are all candidates for deposit. For more information, contact

USFSP Retiree Library Benefits

Retired faculty and staff are welcome to use and enjoy the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. Library sponsored lectures and exhibits by artists, authors, and researchers are open to USFSP retirees.

USFSP Student Research Journal

The Student Research Journal (SRJ) allows USFSP to follow in the tradition of student scholarship found at many other schools, including Berkeley, Clemson, and Harvard University. The USFSP Student Research Journal is currently seeking manuscripts for new issues.

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 [...]

Last edited on January 10, 2014