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Policies and Services @ Foley Library: Building Use

Noise Zones Policy

In response to student concerns about wanting quiet areas for study and reading, 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.

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.

Visitor Policy

The mission of the Foley Center Library is to create and maintain a safe, clean learning environment conducive to study and activities in support of instruction, academic collaboration and scholarly research.  Foley’s primary clientele are the students, faculty and staff of Gonzaga University and their needs are our first priority.

Visitors are welcome and our library staff is happy to help you pursue your research activities subject to the priorities established above and available resources.  Library materials may be used while in the building and you may purchase a library card for $35 annually in order to check out books.  Foley has designated four computer stations visitors may use for up to one hour per day of online time. 

Visitors do not have access to the study lounge, group study rooms, the lower level lab or any staff areas. 

All library visitors are expected to be considerate of others, use the library appropriately and comply with library policies.

Examples of inappropriate use include, but are not limited to:

Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Disruptive behavior or failing to observe “Quiet Zones.”

Extended stays over multiple days.

Failing to comply with a reasonable staff request.

Failing to comply with the library food policy.

Leaving items unattended.

Loitering, panhandling or sleeping.

Misuse of computing equipment (see Acceptable Use Policy).

Providing insufficient supervision of children.

Any commercial solicitation or conducting surveys not authorized by the library.

Using tobacco products or e-cigarettes.


Use of the library is a privilege, not a right. Failure to comply with established policies or engaging in inappropriate use of library facilities, equipment or materials may result in the restriction or termination of library privileges. Egregious or repeated violations may result in exclusion from the library/campus for a specified period of time or indefinitely.

Library employees have the authority to determine what behaviors constitute inappropriate use of the building or library resources. Campus Security and the appropriate legal authorities will deal with unlawful activities.

Food Policy

“No messy, smelly or hot food”

In response to student needs, Foley Library allows beverages in covered containers and snack foods in the building.  To protect our collections and building from harmful pests and damage, and to respect and not disrupt others, we do ask that certain foods not be brought into the building.  Food that is smelly, messy or hot is not acceptable for consumption in Foley. Feel free to bring in snacks or sandwiches, but items such as fast food, full meals or delivered items are not appropriate. 

When eating or drinking in Foley, please respect the building and those who are responsible for cleaning it by disposing of garbage and recyclable materials in appropriate containers. Please report any spills to a library employee. 

In light of the above, the library has applied the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics to its food and drink policy.

  • Plan ahead and prepare: When possible, 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.  Be aware of the food and drink guidelines and exceptions.
  • 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. 

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