Academic Services

Gleeson Library

The University’s Library is constantly increasing its collection and services to meet the needs of the students, faculty, administrators, and staff of the University. 

Study in a quiet place; find a citation; print your paper before class:

Complete Library Hours

All students are encouraged to become familiar with what the library provides as soon as possible. Tours of Gleeson Library/Geschke Center are given at the beginning of the semester, and on the first Monday of each month. These tours introduce students to the building and many of the services. Students meet in front of the Circulation Desk at the entrance of the Library. 

The Library’s website is excellently organized to provide information and access to its collection, facilities, and services. Students may visit in order to browse and find information on:

  • The Ignacio Online Library Catalog and research databases; 
  • Interlibrary loans and Link+;
  • E-book collections; “ebrary” and Gale Virtual Reference Library; 
  • “Ask A Librarian” for expert assistance; 
  • Borrowing and renewing; 
  • Study areas, computer labs, photocopying; 

…and much more! 

Students must possess a valid USF ID to access the library building, check out books and obtain other library services. 
To contact the library, students may call: (415) 422-2660 or visit:

The Learning Center

The USF Learning Center & Writing Center, located in Cowell Hall, Room 227, is operated by Academic Support Services and provides assistance with:

  • Tutoring                        
  • Developing study groups
  • Writing                          
  • Computer and other learning resources
  • Academic counseling        
  • Special help with statistics

Weekend group and individual tutoring hours are available. The Writing Center is staffed with trained writing teachers who will work with students to improve their writing skills. Staff members will provide feedback on the drafts students bring to review and can tailor their instruction to meet students’ individual needs.
For more information, students may call (415) 422-6713, send an e-mail to:, or visit:

School of Education Writing Support Program

The Writing Support Program of the USF School of Education is open to all graduate students who want feedback and/or coaching on their course papers, theses, or dissertations.  The Writing Support Program welcomes anyone looking to strengthen their academic writing voice.

Individual Coaching: 

Please let your advisor or Department Chair know if you would like to work one-on-one with a writing coach, especially if you are enrolled in a dissertation or MA Field Project course this semester. Based upon your needs and interests, you will be assigned a writing coach with whom you will meet regularly either online or in-person. 

Drop-in Writing Space:  

We offer open writing sessions on teaching Saturdays from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.  Fall 2020, these sessions will be held online via Zoom.  Please be in touch with Dr. Katz ( for the Zoom link.  Come anytime for feedback or just to write in the company of others.  Stay as short or long as you'd like.

Professor Susan Katz, IME

Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services (SDS) promotes a fully integrated University experience for students with disabilities by ensuring that students have equal access to all areas of university life and receive appropriate educational support and services to foster their academic and personal success.

The office of Student Disability Services (SDS) is located in the lower level of the Gleeson Library, Room 20. To make use of services, a student must disclose disability status to SDS.  Students may visit the SDS website for specific information, guidelines, the handbook, frequently asked questions, contact information, and more:

Main phone: (415) 422-2613; E-mail: The office is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Once registered with SDS, SOE students can set up a phone appointment or a Zoom meeting with their specialist by calling the main phone number. is our online video tutorial platform, which is free to all students, faculty and staff. You can watch thousands of high-quality video courses on the latest software tools and skills. Learn Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and more. To access Lynda, use your USF login credentials at