Students at the University of South Florida will soon be able to check out more than books.
Starting fall 2014, high-tech drones – small remote controlled aircrafts with video capability – will be another learning tool available in what will be the newly-renovated first floor of the USF Tampa Library.
"The school's drone program will be part of a major library remodel designed to make it a modern and practical space for students to achieve academic success," said Helen Bierko of USF News.
USF Libraries Dean William Garrison adds that the addition of new technology, like airborne drones, will allow for support in research and coursework for students.
"After the Smart Lab was created on the second floor, we saw use of the building explode," Garrison said. "The success of the second floor's added technology and computers have inspired a similar theme for the first floor of the building."
The facility will be staffed by student employees who will be available to answer questions on technology.
As for checking out the USF aerial drones, students will be required to be trained in advance, said Bierko.