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The USF Library System

Web address: http://www.lib.usf.edu/usflibraries/new.html
Tampa Library: (813) 974-2729 (for hours, call 974-2727)
Shimberg Health Sciences Library (Tampa Campus): MDC 1200, (813) 974-2243
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute Library (Tampa Campus): MHC 1744, (813) 974-4471
Nelson Poynter Library (St. Petersburg Campus): (727)553-1123
Jane Bancroft Cook Library (New College/Sarasota Campus): (941) 359-4300
Polk Community College & USF Lakeland Campus Library: (863) 297-1042

All six libraries within the USF Library System contain over 1,500,000 volumes, and the state university libraries together contain over 10,000,000 volumes of information resources. Books and periodicals are cataloged and arranged on open shelves using the Library of Congress Classification System. Books may be checked out with renewal privileges; periodicals may not be checked out.

The USF Libraries System enhances teaching and learning through the delivery of online library resources and services to the dorm, office, or home as well as on-site at any of the USF Libraries. Special features include WEBLUIS, the online catalog, an electronic course reserve system, over 1,000 electronic journals, hundreds of databases - some of which include additional full-text information, and digitized historical materials such as photographs, documents, and oral histories. Beyond content, there are numerous library services such as interlibrary loan request forms, the ability to renew materials, and reference assistance requests available on the Virtual Library website.

WEBLUIS, the online catalog, may be searched by author, title, subject, and keyword to identify the libraries’ holdings. WEBLUIS contains records for the USF libraries, all ten state university libraries in Florida and online catalogs worldwide. Workstations located in various USF libraries provide access to the online catalog. Remote access to the same catalog is also possible through any campus workstation linked to the USF network or via dial-in procedures.

The USF libraries can obtain materials from each campus, SUS and other libraries upon request. Students, staff and faculty can have access to resources by requesting material using online forms found at the USF Library System web page at http://www.lib.usf.edu/usflibraries/new.html.

More information about the USF Library System, including the electronic resources and library services to distance learners, is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.lib.usf.edu/usflibraries/new.html.


Central to the philosophy of the Tampa Library is the view that the people it serves are equally as important as the books on its shelves. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the collection, to master the techniques of using it, and to achieve a familiarity with information resources that will carry over into later life.

The Tampa Library contains a collection of more than 1,091,000 volumes, 10,900 periodicals and 2,797,000 microforms of all types to support a broad range and depth of faculty and student research as well as personal knowledge and cultural advancement.

Reference Collection: The Reference Collection is located on the first floor of the Tampa Library. Reference librarians assist students and faculty with both electronic and print resources, including government documents. The Reference Collection consists of over 40,000 volumes including encyclopedias, dictionaries, indexes, and abstracting services. Reference librarians teach information literacy classes to students and faculty in support of teaching and research using state-of-the-art computer labs and classrooms. Access to electronic information via the USF Libraries web page includes WebLUIS, the online catalog for USF and the other nine state universities; over 275 databases; full-text material and document delivery services and World Wide Web access. CALL/USF, the fee-based information service for community users, offers document delivery, and customized research.

Periodicals Collection: The Periodicals Collection is located on the second floor with service provided at the Periodical Information Desk and the Copier Assistance Desk. The collection contains more than 4,900 current periodicals and selected newspapers from Florida and major cities in the U.S. and foreign countries. A large collection of periodicals and newspapers in microfiche and microfilm is also located in the Periodicals Microform Room. WebLUIS and Internet workstations provide access to full-text databases and electronic journals. Also located here is a fee-based copy service as well as self-service photocopying equipment.

Government Documents Collection: The Library is a selective depository for United States government publications and a full depository for the public documents of Florida. The Government Documents Collection, which is housed in the basement of the Library, contains over 2 million items, including a wide variety of materials in print, microform, and electronic format. The Collection is augmented by the acquisition of United Nations committee reports on microfiche, selected publications of other public agencies, selected reference tools, and other specialized indexes and finding aids. Assistance with the location and use of publications in the Government Documents Collection is provided at the Reference Desk, which is located on the first floor of the Library. For access to a wide range of online government publications, please visit the Government Documents website at http://www.lib.usf.edu/virtual/govdocs.

Special Collections Department: Located on the fourth floor, this department houses the Library’s rare books, Florida history and other special collections, as well as the University’s archives. Its holdings total over one million items, with rare and unusual materials ranging from 4,000 year-old Sumerian tablets to modern fine printing. In addition to books, Special Collections houses thousands of historical photographs, early maps, sheet music, printed ephemera and oral histories. The department holds a number of major archival collections, including the papers of Florida governors, congressmen and other political leaders, the Research Collection on the Nixon Presidency, and the records of Tampa’s Spanish, Cuban and Italian immigrant mutual aid societies. Also present are the papers and manuscripts of literary figures like Piers Anthony and Dion Boucicault. The department’s strongest area of emphasis is Florida history, but it also houses notable collections of historical children’s literature, dime novels, early American schoolbooks, and cigar label art. An increasing number of the department’s photographs and other resources are accessible on-line. Further information is available through the department’s website at http://www.lib.usf.edu/spccoll/.

Access Services (circulation, interlibrary services, reserve): Access Services is located on the first floor. The reserve collection contains books, while all articles are on electronic reserve. Faculty may request books and articles to be placed on reserve by going to http://www.lib.usf.edu/accsvc/resform1.php. The Electronic Reserve System is accessible on the World Wide Web to any USF student. Circulating books that are shelved on the third through fifth floors can be checked out at the circulation service desk on the first floor. The Library uses an automated circulation system that facilitates easy and quick check out of books. Renewals can be done in person, by email or over the World Wide Web. A statement of the library’s circulation policy is available at the Access Services Service desk and on the USF Library’s home page. Interlibrary services can obtain materials from other libraries upon request. Thus students have access to resources beyond the onsite collections at each campus. Forms for requesting materials are located on the Library’s home page at http://www.lib.usf.edu/usflibraries/new.html.

Library Media Resources: The Library Media Resources provides media materials for instruction, research, and curriculum support. Videocassettes, sound recordings, CD-ROMs, slides, kits, and other audio-visual formats as well as music scores are available for loan. The Media Resources Lab provides equipment for individual use of all media in the collection and on reserve. Multi-media rooms are available for group use of the collection.

Instructional and Open-Use Labs: The Library supports three state-of-the-art labs of networked workstations. Two labs, located on the second floor, are reserved for library instruction. The third lab, located on the first floor is jointly maintained with Academic Computing as an open-use lab with facilities for word processing, electronic mail, and printing.

More information about the collections and services of the Tampa Library is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.lib.usf.edu.

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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004