University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Library Administration

Welcome to the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, Fall 2021 

We are so excited to see students and faculty back on campus and in the library.  Green and gold balloons grace our atrium and USF buttons are available to show your Bull’s pride. 

Creating a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff is always our top concern.  The library is open and staffed to provide both in-person and virtual assistance.  If you prefer remote work and social distancing, our librarians are ready to chat, teach, or meet via Teams and our staff continue to provide the enhanced inter-library loan and home delivery services. If you prefer to come in person, know that all visitors are expected to wear a mask. If you forget yours, don’t worry, we have disposable masks for you at our front desk. Sanitizing spray is also available in the library; use your USF ID to get two bottles each month.

The staff and librarians at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library received two notable awards this summer. Berrie Watson, the Head of Library Systems, was recently recognized with the USF Outstanding Staff Member Award and the St. Petersburg campus Research & Instruction librarians won a USF Student Success Award for their work on the Info + Data Literacy Canvas Workshops in collaboration with their colleagues on the USF Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.  Both are “OneUSF” awards, demonstrating that we stand tall among our consolidated USF colleagues.  

If you haven’t been in the library for a while, you many notice some changes:

Our library gallery currently features the exhibit, Wound & Witness: Whispers from Land & Sea with paintings by local artist John Seas.  His paintings interpret urgent environmental issues from three diverse regions of the United States: Florida’s Gulf Coast, Kentucky’s foothills of Appalachia, and the Kankakee River, which is a tributary of the Illinois River in the Central Corn Belt Plains of northwestern Indiana.

Forum : Vol. 43, No. 01 (Spring : 2019)

Our staircase showcases a selection of FORUM magazine covers celebrating the diverse history and heritage of Florida and highlights the contributions from our USF St. Petersburg faculty and friends. The FORUM magazine is produced by Florida Humanities, who have partnered with the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library to create a digital archive for Florida Humanities, FORUM magazine, and associated content.

With the start of a new semester, enjoy making new friends and greeting old ones, but with a consideration to their safety and concern. Have a wonderful semester, filled with the curiosity and thrill that we bring to our research, learning, and new experiences. We look forward to seeing you all in the library!

Kaya van Beynen  
Interim Campus Library Dean
Nelson Poynter Memorial Library
USF St. Petersburg 


Library outside deck
Meet with a Librarian Virtually poster
Library furniture socially distanced