University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at USF St. Petersburg campus is open for reduced hours.
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Library Administration

Welcome to the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, Spring 2021

We are very happy to be open again for in-person services this semester. There are good reasons to be optimistic that we are turning the corner on this pandemic. Still, we must not let down our guard at this time. We continue to have the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our top priority.  To that end, we will continue with the operational adjustments that we found to be effective in the Fall semester. Some examples are below:

  • We have installed a key card activated door swipe at the front to ensure only authorized USF students, faculty and staff can gain entrance. If you have difficulty with the door, please call the library front desk at 727-873-4405 for assistance during NPML’s open hours.

  • Inside the library, face coverings are required to be on, at all times, and must be worn correctly.

  • We have reduced the seating in the library by more than 70% to help with social distancing. We ask that everyone help by not moving furniture and adhering to the social distancing signage. 

  • Eating and drinking within the library is suspended. We do have wonderful, shady, outside spaces available for your use.   

  • The checkout area has been reduced to one window, please be patient.  Return books in the outside book drop.

  • Water fountains have been converted to bottle filling stations only.

  • Hand sanitizer is available at several stations around the library and in an ID card activated vending machine (two free bottles per month per student).  

Further details can be found on our USF Libraries Return to Campus page here.

We will also continue to deliver our resources and services fully online to USF faculty, staff, and students who are teaching/learning remotely.

If we all work together and take these precautions, I am confident we can have a safe, educational, and enjoyable Spring of 2021.

Catherine Cardwell

Campus Dean, Nelson Poynter Memorial Library


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