University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

USF St. Petersburg Retiree Library Benefits

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Natalie Polson
Access Services

Office: POY125
Phone: (727) 873-4843


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 USF St. Petersburg retirees.


Borrowing Privileges

Retirees from USF St. Petersburg retain the pre-retirement borrowing privileges at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. To borrow materials from Poynter Library, retirees must have a valid USF St Petersburg Retiree identification card complete with a 14-digit barcode number.

Retired Faculty have a 6 month loan period for a maximum of 200 items from the general circulating collection including media and interlibrary loan privileges.

Retired Staff have a 4 month loan period for a maximum of 100 items from the general circulating collection including media and interlibrary loans from other USF libraries.

Please note that Laptops and Study Room Keys are available only to current USF students, faculty, and staff.

Additional information about borrowing basics is located at this borrowing table.

Database Access

Retired faculty and staff with a working NetID may use the library computers located at the computer commons for access to the internet and library databases.  They can also use their personal laptops within the building to connect to the “USF Network”.  Remote access services may be restricted due to frequently changing licensing agreements.

Retired faculty and staff without a working NetID may use a personal laptop within the building for “USF Guest Network” access.  Please note that this only allows for internet access and does not grant access to Poynter Library’s electronic databases.  With a valid USF ID, retired faculty and staff can ask library staff at the Circulation Desk for access to the USF libraries databases.

Most of the state’s public libraries also provide access to a variety of generalized databases via the public library barcode.


Other Services

Librarians are available by appointment to provide research assistance.  An appointment can be requested via the Research Assistance (RAP) form.

The Special Collections Department holds rare books, original papers, photographs and other unique materials.  Please call 727-873-4094 for an appointment.

dSpace, the Digital USF St. Petersburg Archive is an open access digital archive for the USF St. Petersburg community. USF St. Petersburg Digital USF St. Petersburg Archive.  Contents include: peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, instructional resources, student projects, a campus photo archive, faculty resources, and historical university materials.


Please call the Access Services Desk at 727-873-4405 for more information.