Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center
Karen G. Schneider
Located in the Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center, the University Library provides materials, spaces, services, and technology to help the Sonoma State community learn, teach, reflect, read, collaborate, innovate, and celebrate arts and culture.
The Library makes it easy for students to access the materials they need to succeed. Along with more than half a million print books and e-books, students can borrow course readings, films, music, and laptops. For questions about how to find, borrow, print, or copy material, visit the Information/Check-out desk, located on the second floor. If the Library does not have what you are looking for, lending services such as CSU+ or Interlibrary Loan can be used to quickly request books, journal articles, and more, free of charge.
The Library is a popular destination for students, offering individual and group study seating, study rooms, viewing rooms, a child-friendly K12 room for students and faculty accompanied by children, a terrace, and vending machines. A gender-inclusive restroom is on the first floor. In addition to printers and copiers, the Library provides hundreds of desktop computers for student use as well as chargers and rolling whiteboards. Food and beverages are welcome throughout most of the Library.
Sonoma State University Library’s Special Collections connect the present with the past by providing research assistance and instruction in the use of primary sources, advanced research, and digital projects. Students and researchers from around the world use the Library’s Special Collections to explore the history of Sonoma State University, the life and times of Jack London, and North Bay social and environmental history.
The Library’s subject librarians partner with faculty in every academic department to integrate skills for identifying, finding, integrating, and citing information into SSU courses. Students have access to help for research through in-person consultations with librarians, 24/7 chat, and the Library website (library.sonoma.edu). Librarians also create online research guides for every department, with contact information and research tips.
The SSU Makerspace, located on the second floor, transforms dreams into reality through exploration of digital fabrication, prototyping, immersive technologies, and a wide range of equipment and tools. The Makerspace is open weekday afternoons and evenings for walk-in use. Students, faculty, and staff can explore new technologies through class labs, workshops, experimentation, and free-play.
The Library’s Gallery and Events Program showcases faculty, student, staff, and community art and scholarship through a variety of events and programs promoting cultural awareness and lifelong learning. Visit the Library website for more details and to keep track of upcoming events.
The three-story, 219,000 square foot Jean & Charles Schulz Information Center opened in 2000, and was made possible through support from the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, private donations, California’s taxpayers, and a generous gift from Jean and Charles Schulz. The Information Center houses the University Library, SSU Information Technology, and Charlie Brown’s Cafe. The Library features a 800,000-volume automated retrieval system that houses approximately half the Library’s print collection, enabling library space to be prioritized for student learning. The Library’s first floor, newly updated in 2019, provides students a unique gathering space for group study, research, and writing, and houses a suite of student success services including Advising, the Center for Transfer and Transition Programs, the Dream Center, the Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC), and the Military & Veteran Resource Center.