The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library’s primary mission is to support the research, learning and teaching needs of the students and faculty of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg by providing access to information resources and classroom technologies; by assisting users in finding, evaluating and utilizing those resources and technologies effectively; and by using Library space creatively to enhance learning/teaching opportunities for USF St. Petersburg campus.
As an academic unit of USF St. Petersburg, the Poynter Library’s secondary mission is to support USF St. Petersburg’s partnerships with the other USF campuses and beyond, as well as its efforts to engage with and develop stronger relationships with the community at large. Because the Library is located on Bayboro Harbor, beautiful views abound. Because the Library has been well designed and maintained over the years, it boasts many rooms and spaces that attract the interest of the USF St. Petersburg community and beyond.
While the use of the Library’s public and private spaces is weighted in favor of our primary mandate, we also strive to accommodate as many of the needs of USF St. Petersburg campus' partners and the general public as possible. Floor maps can be found on our Maps Page, with an image of each floor with all rooms marked.
The Library has numerous public spaces designed for individual and group use. These include:
Requests by USF St. Petersburg or other groups to use the Library’s public spaces for promotional or business events not directly related to the Library’s primary mission will be reviewed by the Campus Library Dean or her designated representatives. Refer to the guideline below for information on use.
The Nelson Poynter Memorial Library (NPML) Special Event Guidelines are designed to offer detailed information to ensure library users and visitors have a variety of safe and welcoming spaces that offer opportunities for learning, research, creative activities, and collaboration.
The following policies apply to all reservable spaces at the NPML. Note: The NPML does not employ an events manager. All events hosted in the library and its spaces are managed by the department or unit requesting use of individual spaces and the building (See "Special Event Sponsors" below). Library staff are not responsible for special event scheduling, set-up, or clean-up.
Special Event Sponsors
Guidelines for Use
Set Up and Use:
NOTE: Use of the library’s public spaces must recognize that the space is still library space. Organizers and attendees of approved events must respect the students, their safety, and their need for quiet study space. Organizers and attendees must follow fire and other safety regulations and keep entrances and exits into the area unobstructed and may not have any lighted or flammable materials (except approved catering equipment).