Circulation Guide

Nelson Poynter Memorial Library
Circulation Services Guide for Community Patrons

Nelson Poynter Memorial Library will extend borrowing privileges to members of the local community in the following categories where patrons meet the requirements of their category:

State employees – must provide current/valid identification card
City or county employees – must provide letter from head of department
    accepting responsibility for any lost items or unpaid fines
Non-profit corporations – must provide letter from head of organization accepting
    responsibility for any lost items or unpaid fines
For profit corporations – $250 per year donation for organization, $25.00 per additional
    employee card
Private citizens – may request a Guest Borrower’s card. Cards are valid for one
     year from date of issuance. ($50.00 per year)
Alumni – free with current USF Alumni Organization membership ($50 per year).

BORROWING - Patrons may borrow a total of five (5) books at a time for a period of three weeks. Interlibrary loan is not available to non-USF patrons. Periodicals and Reference books can not be checked out to community patrons.

RENEWALS - One renewal of most items is permitted provided the item has not been requested by another patron. Recreational Reading and juvenile books are not renewable. Online renewal is not available.

RECALLS - Books may be recalled by the library when needed by an instructor for a class or requested by another patron. If a recall is issued, the book(s) MUST be returned immediately or a fine will be imposed.

OVERDUE FINES - The fine is twenty-five cents per day, to a maximum of $10.00 per overdue item. As soon as fines are accrued borrowing privileges are blocked until all fines are paid. If the patron does not return the item, it progresses to a lost status.

LOST MATERIALS - If a patron loses an item, it should be reported to the Circulation Desk
as soon as possible. Patrons are liable for lost book replacement charges but the overdue fine will stop accumulating once the book is declared lost. The patron is then billed a replacement cost for the book as well as any accrued fine. Unpaid bills are turned over to the Accounts Receivable Department and must then be paid at the Cashier’s Office.

RETURNING LIBRARY MATERIALS - Books should be returned in the BOOK DROP at the Circulation Desk. Also, there is a convenient Book Depository outside the front door of the library, available 24 hours a day. Books MUST be returned to Poynter Library or another USF campus library. They may not be returned to any other local library.

Library visitors are advised to comply with all USFSP parking regulations. Single Day Permits may be purchased in the garage at the walk-up permit machine located on the first level by the elevators. The permit machine accepts cash, Visa and Mastercard. The price of a day permit is $5 and can be used on levels 2 thru 5 in the garage..
Contact the Circulation Desk or call (727) 873- 4405 for any further information or clarification.