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Policies and Services @ Foley Library: Building Use

Noise Zones Policy

The library has established specific quiet zones in the building. There are also specific zones where talking and working in groups is encouraged so that individuals may collaborate with others.   Please respect the study zone signs displayed on each floor of the building. If you have questions please review our Study Zones guide or contact a library staff member.

Reviewed 11/2018

Mobile Device Policy


Brief, low-level phone conversations are allowed on the main floor only. Longer or higher volume calls, including the use of speakerphone or video conferencing, must be made outside the building, in the 24-hour atrium, or within one of the library’s Group Study Rooms (when no one in the group objects). Please take your belongings with you if you leave your study space.

All phones must be kept on silent or vibrate mode while inside the building.  Text messaging is acceptable, as long as it does not cause a disturbance.


All devices, including laptops, tablets, and cell phones, should not be audible to others in any way. Headphones must be worn when viewing or listening to any media, and kept at a volume that does not disturb other library users.


Reviewed 11/2018

Building Use Policy

“Gonzaga University is an exemplary learning community that educates students for lives of leadership and service for the common good. In keeping with its Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic heritage and identity, Gonzaga models and expects excellence in academic and professional pursuits and intentionally develops the whole person – intellectually, spiritually, culturally, physically, and emotionally.”  (Gonzaga University Mission Statement)


Foley Center contributes to the Mission of Gonzaga University by providing an environment conducive to study, instruction, academic collaboration, and scholarly research. Foley’s primary clientele are Gonzaga’s current students, faculty and staff. Supporting their scholarly endeavors is our first priority.

All building users are expected to honor the academic library environment and to respect the rights of others to study and do research. All are expected to use the space appropriately and abide by established Foley policies.

Building Use Policy violations include but are not limited to:

  • Interfering with the ability of others to work, study, or otherwise use the library and affiliated services

  • Disruptive, threatening or disrespectful behavior

  • Failure to observe floor noise levels, especially Quiet (yellow) or Silent (red) Study Zones

  • Failure to observe the Mobile Device Policy

  • Failure to comply with the Food Policy

  • Failure to provide sufficient supervision of children

  • Use of tobacco products (including e-cigarettes), and use of or being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol

  • Panhandling, commercial solicitation, or conducting unauthorized surveys

  • Failure to promptly exit the premises at closing time or when otherwise directed by staff

  • Misuse of computers and information technology resources in accordance with the Gonzaga University Acceptable Use Policy

Failure to comply with policies may result in removal from the building and/or the termination of library privileges for a specified period of time.  University employees have the authority to identify and address policy violations. Unlawful activities will be referred to Gonzaga Campus Security and appropriate legal authorities.


Visitors are welcome! Foley Library staff are happy to assist visitors with their research activities subject to available resources and the priorities established above.

  • Library materials may be used inside the building during established visitor hours. A Community Borrower’s Card may be purchased for $35 a year in order to check out books.

  • There are four visitor computer stations. Computer use is limited to one hour per day per visitor. The availability of computing resources is not guaranteed and hours of operation may vary.

  • Visitors do not have access to study rooms, computer labs, the testing center, conference rooms, and staff areas. After 9:00pm, access to the building and the atrium is restricted to those with a valid ZagCard. Visitors may be asked to leave.

If you have a question that does not seem to be covered in this statement, please contact a librarian or Library Dean, Dr. Paul Bracke.

Revised 6/2017

Food & Drink Policy

In response to student needs, Foley Library allows:

  • Beverages in covered containers
  • Snack foods and cold sandwiches

To protect our collections and building from harmful pests and damage, and to respect and honor others, these foods are not allowed:

  • Messy food (such as pizza or soup)
  • Hot or smelly food (such as pizza, hamburgers, fries)
  • Fast food, full meals, or delivered items

No food is allowed in the following areas: main floor library instruction classrooms, 3rd floor reading room, computer terminals on any floor.  

Respect the building and those who are responsible for cleaning it by disposing of garbage and recyclable materials in appropriate containers. Report any spills to a library employee. 

Leave No Trace Principles

  • Plan ahead and prepare
    • Plan to eat your meals before you come to the library. If you do carry in snacks and drinks, avoid messy, smelly or hot food that may damage library materials and facilities or annoy others.
  • Dispose of waste properly
    • Make sure to place recyclables in recycling bins and non-recyclable garbage in trash cans.
  • Leave what you find
    • Leave library resources, furnishings, and equipment as you found them -- or in better condition that you found them.
  • Be considerate of other visitors 
    • Respect the next library user and the next generation of library users. 
  • Respect Foley Staff by
    • Complying with the requests made by staff and posted signs and regulations
    • Following guidelines for use of library resources

Reviewed 11/2018

Tobacco Policy


Tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) are not allowed in any part of the Foley Center in accordance with University-wide policy.

Outdoor smoking within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve enclosed areas is prohibited in accordance with state law.

Library Instruction Labs

Foley Center Library has two instruction labs, one on the Main Floor and one on the Lower Level.

Primary Purpose of the Library Instruction Labs: The primary purpose of the library instruction labs is for information literacy instruction or workshops taught by a librarian.  When the labs are not in use for a library class or workshop, they are available for use by Gonzaga students for study and research.

Non-Library use of the Lower Level Lab: Library instruction labs are not available as a location for regular classes. However, other departments may schedule the Lower Level Lab for a class or workshop at the discretion of the Library Instruction Coordinator.  

Instruction Labs Food Policy: The Food Policy for the library applies to the instruction labs. Covered beverages and snack foods are permitted. Hot, messy, or smelly food is not allowed.


To request a library instruction session, please fill out this form.

To inquire about use of the Lower Level Lab for purposes other than library instruction, email: Please describe the purpose of the event, the desired date and time, and the number of people expected.

Library Instruction Coordinator:   Kelly Jenks, Associate Professor / / 509-313-3829