Special Borrowers Card

A Special Borrower’s Card allows the user to borrow materials from the USF Library’s circulating book collection and government documents. Regional campus library privileges have been approved and individuals can now access physical materials from our Tampa and St. Petersburg collections with the one card.

The cost of a Special Borrower’s Card is $50.00 per year. This card is for individual use only and cannot be shared. Special Borrower’s cards do not include access to electronic resources, journals or databases and are not refundable.

For Special Borrower’s Card policies:

To request a Special Borrower’s Card, please fill out the form below.

Please allow 3 business days for card processing. USF Libraries does not accept walk-in Special Borrower’s Card Requests.



Book BorrowingLoan PeriodMax ItemsMedia Allowed?ILL Services?
USF Presidents Council3 weeks20YesNo
USF Alumni Association Life Membership3 weeks10YesNo
Special Borrower’s Card3 weeks10NoNo


Library materials may be renewed one (1) time, provided a hold or recall has not been requested by another library user. All circulating library materials are subject to recall by other library users. Library materials may be renewed online via the USF Libraries’ website or in person at the Tampa Library Circulation Desk. All renewals are subject to immediate recall if requested by another library user.

Returning Borrowed Library Materials

Circulating library materials may be returned through the book return station located on the wall outside the library’s exit doors or to the front desk.

Overdue Fines and Replacement Charges

The Tampa Library assesses fines for overdue library materials and overdue recalled library materials at the rate of $0.50 per day for books. Overdue library materials or overdue fines will block the use of the Special Borrower’s Card until the item is returned and/or the overdue fine is paid. The Tampa Library charges for replacement costs of lost or damaged library materials. Lost or damaged library materials should be reported at the Library’s Circulation Desk as soon as possible.

Renewing Special Borrower’s Card

Cards may be renewed in person at the Tampa Library Circulation Desk.

Lost or Stolen Cards

Please report a lost or stolen Special Borrower’s Card promptly to the Tampa Library Circulation Desk, libraryservicesdesk@usf.edu. A replacement card can be issued and the library will block further use of the lost or stolen Special Borrower’s Card.

Access to Electronic Resources

Special Borrower’s cards do not permit remote access to the USF Libraries’ website. Due to licensing agreements, all users who come to the library may access the Library website and a host of other databases. Only currently enrolled USF students, faculty, and staff may access the Libraries website remotely.