Why Choose USF?

Impressive Facilities

Located in the heart of the Tampa campus, the USF Library is the epicenter for research, partnership, and collaborative teaching - providing expert librarians, major databases, research tools, specialized collections, electronic journals, computer labs and study rooms, off-campus access, and an impressive collection of materials available on a variety of platforms.

USF Tampa Library
Library Services for Students

Affiliated Libraries on the Tampa Campus
The Shimberg Health Sciences Library serves the needs of USF Health consisting of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, and the Schools of Biomedical Sciences and Physical Therapy.

The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) Research Library serves the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, comprised of the Institute, the Schools of Aging Studies and Social Work, and the Departments of Child and Family Studies, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Criminology, Mental Health Law and Policy, and Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling.

Marshall Student Center

Student Innovation Incubator (SII)
SII helps turn students' business ideas into reality. Students are given access to high-tech, collaborative office space, paired with industry mentors, subject matter experts, and community corporate partners to develop scalable business plans with commercial potential, and market-testable products and services.SII is a shared work space and a collaborative business environment for USF students from all graduate and undergraduate disciplines.

The Campus Recreation Center provides fitness and wellness programs and facilities including   a state of the art 28,000 square-foot, fully-wired fitness center, group fitness classes, aquatics, intramural sports, club sports and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Riverfront Park
Located on the Hillsborough River .5 miles from campus, USF Riverfront Park offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities from picnic facilities to canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, bicycles, and a ropes course. It is only open to current USF students, staff and faculty.

Botanical Gardens
The USF Botanical Gardens is part of the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences. It consists of about 16 acres of gardens and greenbelt on the USF Tampa campus. The Gardens maintains a living collection of more than 3,000 of plants, animals and natural habitats.

Attracting about 35,000 visitors annually, the gardens serve as an important outreach component of USF. Plant festivals and other events attract enthusiasts from around the state to shop for rare and unusual plants. The gardens house ongoing research in medical botany, provide opportunities for service-learning to USF students.