USF Alert:

All classes and labs on the Fort Wayne campus and the USF Crown Point site changed to an online format on March 16 and will continue in that format through the spring semester. There are no changes in Virtual Campus courses.

STUDENTS IN RESIDENCE HALLS: Residence halls will close for the remainder of the spring semester on Sunday, March 22.

Further information will be available at

Lee and Jim Vann Library

Information and Instructional Services
Users Services
260.399.8060, txt 260.638.8266
Pope John Paul II Center, Room 201

The Lee and Jim Vann Library occupies two floors of the Pope John Paul II Center. The library’s collection includes over 128,000 print and over 100,000 eBook titles with nearly 400 print journals, 30,000+ online journals as well as databases. Student printing and computer access is available on both floors of the library.

The Vann Library provides walk-up Help Desk services during library hours at the User Services Desk on the second floor of the library. These services include password reset assistance, troubleshoot and setting-up network connects and assistance with University supported applications such as Blackboard, email and the MS Office Suite to name a few. You can also submit a Help Desk Request anytime/anywhere by choosing “Help Desk” from “USF Links” menu on the upper right hand corner of the USF homepage.

The library maintains regular evening and weekend hours with holiday and other closings posted on the library’s homepage. Students may check library hours by looking at the posting near the library entrance, calling the library, or by checking the library’s web page which will have the most current and detailed information about hours and services.

Online Resources

The Vann Library website provides access to library resources for students who are either on or off campus. Databases available includes, but is not limited to: Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis Academic, ATLA, CINAHL, ERIC, JStor, MasterFILE Premier, MEDLINE, ProQuest, PsychARTICLES, PscyhBOOKS, SocINDEX with Full Text, Morningstar Investment Research and Films on Demand streaming video, among others. A full list of available databases with links is available from the library’s homepage. Most of our databases and online journals (30,000+) can be accessed via the library’s website and searched via OneSearch on the library’s homepage.

For those students who are accessing the library’s website and resources from off-campus, you will need to know your campus username and password to login. If at any time you experience difficulties using the library’s website or resources, please call Library User Services 260.399.8060, text 260.638.8266 or e-mail for assistance.

Research Assistance

Users can receive research assistance, request assistance with a specific assignment or get help using library resources from one of our reference librarians. Reference librarians are available during library hours in the Collaboratory. Online tutorials are also available via the “HELP” link at the top of the library’s homepage. Contact a librarian via our Ask A Librarian service by calling or texting 260.638.8266, email, follow VannLibrary on Facebook or via Twitter@VannLibrary.  Librarians can meet with you in person or via several online venues.

Computers and Equipment

The Vann Library houses over 70 computers for student use. The library has equipment and laptops for student use, which can be checked out at the User Services Desk on the second floor. Types of equipment available for loan includes PC and APPLE laptops, iPads, Android tablets, USB microphones, portable projectors, digital cameras, and voice recorders.  All equipment is available on a first come-first serve basis.  The Vann Library follows the USF campus Information Technology Acceptable Use Policies.  NOTE:  All equipment MUST be returned to one of the service desks in the library.  The use of a drop box for the return of equipment can result in damage to the equipment.

Course specific software is installed on computers throughout the second floor of the library.  There is a directory posted near the main circulation desk indicating which programs are available at which computers. Priority will be given to students who need specific applications.  Wireless access is also available for use with either personal laptops or library laptops.

Interlibrary Loan

In addition to our in-house and online resources, the library provides access to other library collections through our PALNI partnership with twenty-two private academic libraries throughout the state and to other libraries worldwide via our Interlibrary Loan Service. Materials not in the library’s collection can be requested through interlibrary loan. First time users will need to answer a few questions to create an ILL Express Request Account.  To access the ILL Express Request System or to create an account, go to the Library’s homepage and click on the “ILL Express Request” button found on the right hand side of the page. This service is provided free to all students of the university in support of their coursework. Further details on our ILL Express Request services are available at

The Lee and Jim Vann Library holds memberships in several professional library organizations, including the American Library Association, the Indiana Library Federation, the Private Academic Library Network of Indiana and the Medical Library Association, all of which support cooperative agreements to help broaden our offerings to library users. Several of these groups offer reciprocal borrowing with the proper identification. Contact the Library’s Users Services desk at 260-399-8060 or email for more information on how to use these programs.

Students living on the Fort Wayne campus are considered Allen County residents and can get an Allen County Public Library card to be used at any of the ACPL Library locations.

Study Spaces

The Vann Library also provides student group study rooms which can be reserved online from the library’s homepage, over the phone (260.399.8060) or in person at either of the Users Services desks of the library. There is also one quiet study room located on the first floor of the library which provides quiet space for individuals needing to study.

Student can also find locations throughout both floors of the library to study individually or in small groups, with or without computers. All seating within the library should have access to electrical outlets within a cords reach to help keep your devices powered as you study.

After library hours public areas outside the library but within the Pope John Paul II building are available to students including the CyberFresh Café and the first and second floor lobbies. Building hours should be posted at the main building entrance and in the Café.

The Collaboratory – Collaborative Work Space

The Collaboratory, located on the second floor of the library, provides space for group work by providing mobile furnishings, whiteboards, whiteboard tables, computers, a device recharging station and four work cubicles. This space is open during library hours and is an ideal place to meet with your group to create and collaborate.  Cubicles are available on a first come, first serve basis. Computers, a printer and flatbed scanner are also available in this area. Library reference and research staff and Blackboard support staff are conveniently located in the Collaboratory to assist all users.

Borrowing Materials Loan Periods
Books Undergraduate students: 60 days

Graduate students, PA students and Honors students: Semester

Videos/DVDs Seven Days
Reserve Books Loan Periods Vary
Periodicals In-the-library use only
Laptops/Equipment Seven Day

Overdue Fines

Books–general collection: no daily fines, replacement costs charged at 30 days overdue
Laptops/Equipment: $5.00 per day
Capped at a Maximum of $50.00 per item

The Vann Library does not charge daily overdue fines for general collection materials, but replacement costs are charged to your USF account when materials are overdue for 30 or more days. When general collection materials are returned, replacement costs can be waived. Users owing any fines/fees will have their borrowing privileges suspended as well as have a hold placed on their USF accounts which prevents registering for classes or the release of grades. When materials are returned and or fines/fees are paid, holds will be removed and all privileges restored. All fees are applied to your USF student account and are paid in the Business Office.

Lost Materials

The charge for lost materials is the replacement cost, as determined by the library, plus a $5 processing fee. The card holder is responsible for all lost items.

Account Holds

USF account holds are placed on any user account that has an outstanding fine/fee owed or has unreturned, lost, long overdue materials check-out. A hold on your USF student account will prevent registration and the release of grades and official transcripts. Holds are removed once fines/fees are paid and/or materials are returned. All fines and fees are paid in the business office.


Students may renew books for 30 days. Equipment and Videos/DVDs may be renewed once for an additional 7 days. Items which are not overdue may be renewed online via the “My Accounts” link within the online catalog, by phone, or in person. The online renewals option is only available prior to the due date.

Returning Materials

The Vann Library has two book returns, one located outside the main entrance to the Pope John Paul II Center; the second return is located in the commons on the first floor on the south side of the Pope John Paul II Center near the Subway. Materials may also be returned on either floor inside the library at the User Services Desk during library hours.

Library Access for the Disabled

The Vann Library is fully handicap accessible. An elevator is available to the east of the Circulation Desk on both floors. The library staff will assist special needs patrons in locating and retrieving materials. Restrooms are available on both floors.

Food and Beverages

Beverages in covered containers are allowed in the library. Due to health concerns, food is not allowed near the computers in the library. We ask that you respect other library users and refrain from eating greasy, malodorous or noisy foods. If you eat in the library, please LEAVE NO TRACE.

Cell Phones

As a courtesy to other users of the library, please silence your phone while in the library. Keep cell phone conversations to a minimum. If you need to make or take a call, you can do so in the commons, lobbies or café areas outside the library.

For more information about library services and detailed policies, please visit the library’s website, call Library Users Services at 260.399.8060 or email