Using the Library

Click here for info on getting help from our librarians.As a part of the USF System of Libraries, USF Sarasota-Manatee offers a variety of library services to students and faculty. At the Sarasota campus, the Jane Bancroft Cook Library serves as a joint-use facility shared by New College and USFSM.

How do I find books, journals, articles, etc?

Students and faculty can browse the entire USF System Libraries collection of books, ebooks, articles, and media recordings (including those at the Cook Library).


Start your search here:



Or visit the USF System Library main page for a full listing of
e-journals, databases, and other resources.


If you want to restrict your search to items located at the Cook Library, simply narrow your search results by library location (this option is located on the left hand side of the search results page). Physical media located at other campuses may be requested via InterLibrary Loan.

When checking out items at the Cook Library, your USFSM ID functions as your library card — visit the circulation desk on your first visit to activate your library account.

Where is the Cook Library? When is it open?

The Cook Library is located at 5800 Bayshore Road, a 10-15 minute walk from the USFSM main building (click here for walking directions). It is open 7 days a week, except on major holidays.


Cook Library Hours ➧


To reach the library by phone dial: 941-487-4305

Additional information is available at the Cook Library website.

What else can I do at the Cook Library?

  • Access UBorrow and InterLibrary Loan
  • Find print course reserve readings
  • Get librarian consultation and research assistance
  • Make use of silent study, group study, and collaborative work rooms
  • Find help and access equipment at the Academic Resource Center (ARC)
  • Make use of desktop computers
  • Attend workshops, seminars, and events
  • Apply for an assigned study carrel

To access the wireless network at the Cook Library, please follow the these wireless access instructions.