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University of South Florida St. Petersburg Campus

Special Collections & University Archives

How to access library resources from remote locations

One of the most popular topics for Library Systems, and one that generates some of the most puzzled looks from users is how to access library resources from home or other remote locations.  Due to copyright, usage, and other restrictions the resources offered by the USF St. Petersburg Library or USF Libraries varies greatly.  An anonymous web user can access only a limited listing of databases, full-text articles, and other materials.  Web users that establish student, staff or Faculty status through the USF Portal are given a more full listing, and can access both abstract and full text articles, databases and more.

How to Get Access to More Material

For currently enrolled students, the method to access full listings of library resources begins with the USF NetID, and with the University System portal- simply visit  This is also the primary access portal for Faculty and staff. For retired faculty or others who should have access but do not have a NetID, the library “205…” barcode is used, through a proxy portal found at:

All users of the portal should navigate to a specific area to gain proxied access to library resources.  The word ‘proxied’ refers to access that is passed through another, or specifically it is passed through the University’s network.  Much like a vote can be by proxy (where another passes the vote in your place) a proxy allows use of all resources as though you are sitting in a lab or classroom on campus of USF.

For USF St. Petersburg campus students, or those who are listing USF St. Petersburg campus as their home campus,  a link will appear directly in the navigation on the left side of the screen:



Once you click on the Poynter Library link, you will then be proxied and can conduct searches.  If you don’t have a “My Faculty/Staff Resources – St. Petersburg” link, then the process is a bit longer.  First you navigate to the BlackBoard link, then from the BlackBoard menu you select the “USF Libraries” link.

Please direct any questions or comments using the FeedBack form located on the Systems and Digital Technology web site using our General Feedback Form .

Last edited on January 9, 2014