About the Building

Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center

The Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center is a collaborative, bold vision designed as a regional resource for the entire Sonoma State University community. The Information Center opened August 2000 and houses the University Library, Information Technology, the Center for Distributed Learning, the Writing Center, the Faculty Center, the Center for Community Engagement, and Charlie Brown's Cafe.

Building Facts

Construction Information

  • Building awarded 2000 Distinctive Project Award from Western Council of Construction Consumers
  • Architect: ED2 International, San Francisco, CA
  • Builder: McCarthy, of Sacramento, CA
  • Automated Retrieval System: HK Systems, Salt Lake City, UT (now Dematic)
  • Carillon: Maas-Rowe Carillons, Inc.

Project Size

  • 215,000 square feet
  • Three floors, two wings on each floor
  • Multiple entrances for easy access
  • Five acres of floor space
  • 50,000 feet of shelving in the library

Project Costs

  • Building: $41.5 million
  • Furniture and Equipment: $2.3 million

Funding Sources

  • $7.5 million from private endowments and donations from SSU faculty, staff and students, including $5 million from Jean and Charles Schulz
  • $5 million from Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
  • $32 million from state funding

Endowments Established in Support of the Information Center

  • Jean and Charles Schulz
  • Charles and Margaret Dexter
  • Clarence and Julia Leaven
  • RC and Suzanne T. Anderson
  • Jeff Bolander and Doug Pavese
  • Carmen Finley
  • Friends of the Library
  • Steve Picket
  • Ruben Salazar
  • Robert Young

Distinctive Features

Equipment & Technology

  • Automated Retrieval System with 750,000 volume capacity
  • Instructional Technology Center
  • 24-hour computer lab
  • Hundreds of computers with Internet access throughout the building
  • Wireless network
  • Laptop charging stations 

Design Elements

  • Over 1,000 study seats
  • 53 foot tall triple-faced clock tower with electronic carillon
  • Open terraces & patio
  • Art Gallery & display space
  • Charlie Brown's Cafe
  • Natural and ambient lighting, including skylights
  • Mural honoring César Chavez
  • Italian marble counters and entryway flooring
  • Carved glass donor recognition wall
  • Art Deco-style alabaster chandeliers