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Services for Branch Campus Faculty

If you teach at any of USF's Branch Campuses or programs 25 miles beyond San Francisco, these Branch Library services are designed especially for you.


Priority is given to currently enrolled students and teaching faculty at each campus. Faculty or students from other USF campuses and USF Alumni may use the branch libraries at the discretion of the branch library staff. Please call or email the librarian in advance to find out the best times to visit or get help. If you are vision-impaired, please notify the library staff. We are compliant with ADA requirements.

Library Instruction

The librarian's focus is to help students with research for their course assignments. Classroom instruction in research methods is available throughout the year. During the first weeks of class, a library orientation session is recommended for new cohorts. The librarian discusses the basic resources and services available. Whenever your class has an assignment that involves research, the librarian can visit your classroom to demonstrate the most relevant online resources and strategies. 

Choose your campus to schedule classroom orientations or instruction sessions, at least one week in advance: 

The librarian offers one on one or small group sessions to students, faculty, and staff. These sessions can be general (How can I get full-text articles from the library’s databases?) or specific (I need information on this particular topic). Individual sessions can be held on a drop-in basis or by appointment.

Choose your campus to set up an appointment:

If you have any questions about using the library, feel free to call or drop in for help.  The librarian or library assistant is available to help you with searching, reference, and information questions.


The branch campus libraries have a small onsite collection of books, videos, and DVDs. These are listed in Ignacio, the USF online library catalog. Limit by location narrows your search to a particular campus.

Books:  Your USF ID card is your library card. Circulating books may be taken out for two weeks and renewed once for an additional two weeks. Books circulate only to the currently enrolled students and teaching faculty at each campus. Reference books do not check out. Reserve books must be used on campus.

If you want to check out books from the San Francisco campus Gleeson Library | Geshcke Center, our Link+ library consortium, or ILLiad interlibrary loans, you are eligible for delivery and return options through our Document Delivery service. 

Videos and DVDs:  Faculty may reserve videos and DVDs for classroom use on specific dates through the library staff. Videos may be checked out for two weeks and renewed once for an additional two weeks. Students may arrange to view videos on campus only.

In some instances, faculty from other USF campuses may arrange to borrow videos and DVDs from a branch campus library. Please contact the Distance Learning Services Office for more information. 

Magazines:  A small collection of journals and magazines is available.

Reserve Course Material:  Faculty may place books, articles, DVDs, or videos on reserve in the library for student use.

Copyright: For copyright questions, see the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center Copyright Guide.

Requesting New Materials: Faculty members may request materials for the library collection which support their teaching and that have the approval of their program director. The librarian makes every effort to purchase the requested items. If you would like to request a specific book or video or would like materials on a particular topic, please contact the librarian with as much information as possible (title, author(s) or editor(s), publisher and date of publication, edition, and price). Ordering and processing take time so please plan ahead.

USF Authors: If you have recently authored or edited a book, let the librarian know. Your work can be listed on the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center USF Authors  page.


The library computers are equipped with the Windows operating system, Internet access, Microsoft Office 2007, Photoshop Elements, and other software. Printers and scanners are available and there is wireless access throughout the campus. To log on to the University network, enter your USFconnect username and password. If you are unable to log on, ask the library staff for assistance or contact ITSHELP (415-224-6668 or Access to many library-related services requires authentication with your last name and USF ID number.  Look up your USF ID number.

If the campus wireless laptops are unavailable, faculty may use the library computers for class instruction. Please contact the librarian staff one week in advance to reserve the workstations.


There is no charge for printing the results of online research, including web pages and journal articles, or a reasonable number of drafts. If you need to print a large document, make arrangements with the library staff for a time when the library is not busy. The library printers may not be used to print the following types of documents: multiple copies of any document (print one, then use the copier), PowerPoint presentations with fewer than 3 slides per page, pages with dark backgrounds, and overhead transparencies.

If you post required course material online, the class representative or other appointed student may print one master copy to keep in the library for the class to photocopy.


Branch faculty can request a debit card from their program director. For more information, contact the campus administrative staff.

Using Gleeson Library | Geschke Center

Your USF ID card is required to enter the Gleeson Library | Geschke Center. Your USF ID Card is also required as a debit card to print from any of the computers in the library and on the San Francisco campus. Photocopying is available with the USF ID or cash. To add value to your ID card, use one of the many Cash to Card machines on campus (including the library) or visit the One Card Office in Lone Mountain 130. For more information, see One Card and Campus Security Systems.