Library Offers Extended Hours and Services
Thanks to funding provided by the Student Success Taskforce, all six floors of the main USF Library, located on the Tampa campus, are now open 24 hours, five days per week. These extended hours enable the library to serve 350-500 students each night between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. And there's no need to worry about safety--two security guards make continuous rounds throughout the building and students use their current USF ID card to enter after midnight.
In addition to the extended hours, students benefit from a library renovation that was completed last summer. The renovated space includes fresh paint and new flooring and furniture on the first floor, as well as in the lobbies on all six floors. Starbucks recently followed the trend with their own renovation, which includes increased seating and a new menu featuring hot items.
There is also a new Writing Center, located on the main floor just beyond the new Library Reference desk. Additional funds were provided for more writing tutors, making it possible to provide three to five tutors during most center hours. And students can now schedule tutoring appointments in person, by phone, or online through Blackboard, under the Academics tab.
Thanks to the Student Technology Fee, several new online resources are now available as well. This includes online tutoring and online writing support from Smarthinking, as well as an expansive array of software tutorials from Atomic Learning. Both of these new services can be accessed on Blackboard, under the Academics tab.
Finally, thanks to the support of the Student Success Task Force, the Tutoring Center, located on the second floor, has been able to significantly expand services in support of several key courses. All services, including three drop-in centers and appointment-based tutoring, now offer the same hours: Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 - 5 p.m. Students seeking help with General Chemistry 1 and 2 or introductory level math courses will find expanded hours and at least three tutors on hand at all times.
Story by Pat Maher and Nancy Cunningham
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