Foley Center Library

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Foley Center
Country US
Location Spokane, Washington
Size 300,000 books

The Foley Center Library at Gonzaga University was built in 1992 and named after alumnus Judge Ralph E. Foley, who served as a Superior Court judge for 34 years, and his wife Helen Higgings Foley. Their son, Tom Foley, also a Gonzaga graduate, served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.[1]

The building is 137,000 square feet (12,700 m2) and is made of 315,000 bricks.[2] It contains a comprehensive collection (300,000 books) of literary volumes and many online databases that support student research. Students check out books using their GU identification cards and have wireless internet access.

‘ILLiad’ is the name of Foley Center Library's Interlibrary Loan program. Students can access the system in order to retrieve articles and books that are unavailable at Gonzaga.[3]

To promote a student friendly study environment, Foley Center Library has different Zones where students can work. Patrons are presented with three distinct signs that signify the different types of study zones within the library. A red octagon represents quiet zones which mean silence, yellow triangles for whispering and green circles signaling talking zones.[4][5]

Special Collections[edit]

The Special Collections Department works to preserve the heritage of Gonzaga University, the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus and the surrounding region, and to make its historical resources readily available for inspection, evaluation, and research.

The Department supports the mission and goals of Gonzaga University, in particular by promoting students' use and appreciation of rare books and primary sources like historical photographs and manuscripts collections.[6]

Two exhibits of interest were shown in 2010, Hoop it Up: Gonzaga's Basketball Heritage[7] in the spring of 2010 highlighting the history of Basketball at Gonzaga and Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life Recollected,[8] focusing on the work of Jesuit priest and Victorian poet Hopkins. The later display was created in conjunction with an international conference on Hopkins writings hosted July 8–11, 2010.[9]


  1. ^ "Foley Center Information for Students" (PDF). Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  2. ^ "Facts About Foley Center Library" (PDF). Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  3. ^ "Library Services for Distant and Online Students" (PDF). Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Foley Center Information for Students" (PDF). Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  5. ^ "Study Zones". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-13. 
  6. ^ "Special Collections General Information". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  7. ^ "Hoop It Up: Gonzaga’s Basketball Heritage’ Exhibition Opens in Foley Center". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  8. ^ "Exhibition on Famed Poet, Priest Hopkins on Display through Sept. 30". Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  9. ^ "Hopkins Conference" (PDF). Gonzaga University. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 

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