University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Library Administration


I aNPML 1st Floor Renovation Renderingm delighted to announce that we are finally moving forward with the first-floor renovation of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library. The vision for this project first began under our former library Dean Cathi Cardwell with the idea to transform our library space to meet contemporary and future student research and learning needs.  

The beautiful design will incorporate more study rooms equipped with the latest technology and supporting local and distant collaborations, an enhanced Student Technology Center with a laptop bar and expanded space for technology workshops and consultations, and a multi-purpose gathering and gallery space. Behind the scenes the library will have increased electrical and Wi-Fi capacity, improved energy efficiency, and our staff space will be simultaneously streamlined and made more efficient. 

The renovation is anticipated to begin in March. We will do our best to minimize the disturbance to our faculty and students as well as to our day-to-day operations.  We could not have better partners; from the architects at the BFrank Studio who designed this new space and the folk at Willis Smith Construction who will be handing the physical transformation.  

In other news, we have kicked off the search for the new Dean of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library.  We have a wonderful search committee with representatives from NPML, the USF Tampa Library, USF St. Petersburg faculty from the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Marine Sciences, and a community representative. I am chairing the committee and will use this page to keep you updated on this search as well as progress on our renovation.    


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


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