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, the Learning and Academic Resource Center, the Advising & Transfer Center, Center for Academic Access & Student Enrichment (CAASE), the Military and Veteran Resource Center (MAVRC), 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