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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, hours and services may be limited.  Visit the USF Libraries Continuity guide for more information

Library Websites:

USF Main Library (Tampa Campus)

USF St Petersburg –

USF Sarasota Manatee –

USF Shimberg Health Sciences –

Library hours:

Phone number: 813-974-2729

Contact Us:

Dummy Log In: no longer used

Catalog Questions:

Link to catalog:


Purchase Suggestions: Please contact the subject librarian to make purchase recommendation


Password Help: If you are unable to access subscription library resources from off campus (such as e-books, e-journals or databases) confirm your authentication status on the library homepage ( The status is located on the upper right corner.

If the status says “login here for full access” click on that phrase to access the login page.

To login with a NetID, click the button. The fill in boxes below the big green button should only be used to login with a library ID, the number beginning in 205 found on USF ID’s. This is not the preferred way to login. The Net ID is more stable

If the status is listed as “you are logged in”, but you are still unable to access resources, log-in again at

If access to resources is still restricted after reauthenticating, more advanced troubleshooting is required. The most common culprit is a weak authentication on your current browser. To fix this, you can take one of three approaches:

Temporarily switch to a different browser. For example, if you are using Internet Explorer try using Mozilla Firefox or Safari to login and access library resources.

Shut down and reopen the existing browser. This should reset the authentication status and allow for a new login to occur. You may need to close the chat window as well to completely restart your browser.

Delete browser cookies. This is only recommended for users comfortable with the cookies process.

For problems with your NetID, contact USF’s help desk at or 813-974-1222. For problems using the 205# located on your USF ID card, contact the library’s circulation desk at 813-974-2729 or When logging in to the library catalog or the website using a 205 number your PIN is your birth month/day (e.g. June 24 = 0624).

Library Card Issues:

Ebook Help:

For information about using ebook collections:

To report a problem using or accessing an ebook:

Printing: USF Tampa – There is no ability to make change or use money to print inside the library. USF students are given an allotment of $2.50 per day which is automatically loaded on their student ID and can used for printing on campus. Any amount over $2.50 daily can be printed using Bull Buck$. Community patrons must purchase a vend card for $1.00 and then place money on the card using a vend card machine in the library. Black & white $.11 per copy, color, $.22

Scanners are available on the first floor and in the basement of the library. Users may save or email scanned pages free of charge.

Ask a Librarian Public FAQ:

Research Help

Link for databases or to database search page:


Other Helpful Information

Link to databases list

Subject Guides:

Helpful Information

USF’s Local staffing hours for Ask a Librarian: M-Th 1pm – 9pm

Circulation Policy:

USF Main Library Tampa –

USF St Petersburg –

USF Sarasota Manatee –

USF Shimberg Health Sciences –

Library accounts may be accessed through the library catalog: – button in upper right corner. Books may be renewed online as well as long as they are not overdue.

Reserves URL and Policy:

USF Main Library (Tampa Campus) –

Genealogy Policy and Information:

Study Rooms:

Special Collections (Tampa) – (Poynter Library at USFSP)

Digital Media Commons (Tampa) –

USF Sarasota-Manatee: The Jane Bancroft Cook Library on the New College campus serves as the physical library (and is joint-use) for the students at USF Sarasota-Manatee. The Cook Library website is:

Reference service, interlibrary loans, and access to the collections are available to USFSM students at the Cook Library. USFSM has one full time librarian at the USFSM Center.

Remote access Information for the USF Libraries:

Remote Access Information for USF Shimberg Health Sciences: If you need assistance with login issues, please contact Access Services at the Shimberg Health Sciences Library (813-974-8432), or at the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange (813-396-0070).If you login and receive a message that you have not been assigned a role, please follow the information provided here:

USF students and staff may also set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access library resources. VPN Information

Wireless Policy:

USF Tampa – Wifi is available throughout the library. USF Students may register to use the USF or USF network (requires login to myUSF). Community users may login as guests to the USF Guest wifi while on campus, however guest Wifi does not allow access to library resources. For more information visit

USF St Petersburg –

USF Sarasota –

Site Coordinator Contact

Andrew Beman-Cavallaro 

Shawna Durtschi