USF Shimberg Health Sciences Library

USF Health Libraries: Coronavirus Response

  • Are the libraries open?

Yes, for current USF students, staff and faculty only (and at Shimberg Library, individuals with passport appointments). For the Spring 2021 semester, the Shimberg Health Sciences Library and our West Wing study space is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm. The Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange (MCOM+HI building downtown) is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am–5:00 pm (call the posted number for assistance).

  • Is the 24/7 Space open?

Shimberg Library's West Wing study space is currently open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, with entry from inside the Shimberg Library.

  • Are the Group Study Rooms at Shimberg Library open?

No. The Shimberg Library is open only for individual study.

  • What safety precautions are in place at the USF Health Libraries?

It is required that everyone wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose. No eating is permitted. It is required that everyone maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other patrons and library staff. Some items (such as dry erase markers and headphones) are not currently available to borrow. Sani-Kits including hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and wipes are provided at various locations throughout the library. We request that you sanitize your study space at the start and end of your visit. We request that you use hand sanitizer before handling reserve materials.

  • Can I still meet with a librarian?

Yes! Submit quick questions through Ask-a-Librarian. For help with a research question or getting library resources set up for your class you're teaching, schedule an online appointment.

  • Is the library still teaching classes?

Yes! Our classes have moved online to Teams. The link will be sent to you when you register for the course. Watch out for emails to the bulletin or check the calendar for upcoming classes on Searching, EndNote, and more!

  • Can I donate books, journals, or other physical items to the library?

Physical material donations are not being accepted at this time.

  • Can I check out a laptop?

Laptops are available for 30-day checkout at both the Shimberg Library and the Florida Blue Health Knowledge Exchange.

  • I have items checked out from the library. Can I renew or return them?

Log in here to check your due dates and (for some items) request renewal. Contact us at or 813-974-8432 for renewal assistance or other questions. Please return laptops, UBorrows, ILL materials, and SonoSims to the desk where they were checked out, during normal hours of operation. Books belonging to any USF library may be returned to any USF library, or to the outdoor book drop near parking lot 30 south of Shimberg Library.

Returned items may remain on your record for up to 7 days before being processed, but will be backdated at check-in.

  • I need a book or an article, but it is not available online. What do I do?
Articles and book chapters can be obtained via interlibrary loan, or scanned from our print collection. Books may be borrowed by browsing the Shimberg Library circulating collection, or placing a request in the UBorrow or ILLiad systems. Books can be mailed to your home address if you are unable to pick them up at the library. Place a book or article request. (For help with ILLiad, watch this short video tutorial.) Questions about interlibrary loan or document delivery? Email us at
Library Assistance

  •  Email for help with interlibrary loan or to request articles or books from our collections

  • ​ Email for inquiries about borrowed materials or other library services.