Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the Jane Bancroft Cook Library! 

We are proud to serve the students, faculty and staff from New College and the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. Cook Library is a place where you can discover a topic for a paper or project, get assistance with the research on that topic, collaborate with colleagues in further developing the project, get writing assistance, help with surveys or other quantitative aspect of the paper or project, develop foreign language skills to better understand resources not in English, and put the paper together using the most appropriate technologies. Our spaces are designed with social learning in mind. Working on projects with colleagues is facilitated with flexible furniture, abundant technologies, robust wireless network access, and discrete spaces for groups and individual study.

Cook Library is a teaching and learning organization. Professionals with expertise in information and the research process are here to help you develop the skills you need to maximize your academic potential: librarians will help you develop skills in the use and creation of information, writing professionals and student writing assistants will help you perfect your writing and communication skills, language resources will help you practice what you learn in classes or acquire languages skills on your own, tutors in mathematics, statistics and the sciences will help you to succeed in those classes, and our technology professionals are here to guide you through the ever-changing world of computers and other innovations.

In addition to our services, we maintain a collection of more than 300,000 items and have access to more than 10 million electronic items. Our relationship with sister Florida university libraries as well as libraries around the world allow us to provide exceptional interlibrary loan services. Students, faculty and staff can request materials not held by Cook Library from other libraries directly through the online catalog, or through our online form. If you need it, we can probably get it for you.

Cook Library is a place where you can study quietly, work collaboratively with colleagues, have group meetings and individual conversation, or take advantage of the rich technological and engaging environment of the Academic Resource Center (ARC).

We always look to our users for ways that we can improve what we do or to continue doing what we do well. If you have suggestions, please feel free to contact me at, or (941) 487-4401.


Brian Doherty, Ph.D.
Dean of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library