The new Frank P. Doyle Library building on the Santa Rosa Campus is a four-story structure which includes Media Services, the Tutorial Center, and the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery. At 145,000 total square feet, Doyle Library is the second largest SRJC structure.
The old Bernard C. Plover Library on SRJC's Santa Rosa Campus was designed to serve a maximum student population of 15,000—less than half of the current population. By the late 20th century, space for student seating and service areas, staff work space, book, periodical and media collections was much less than adequate, and significant technical upgrading was needed to accommodate the library's use of modern information and multimedia technologies. The need for a facility that would more adquately meet the needs of SRJC's ever-expanding student population was evident. Program planning and design began in 1993 and the new building was completed in 2006.
Among his many other civic activities and accomplishments, Frank P. Doyle was the former president and co-founder of the Exchange Bank. In 1890, he co-founded the bank with his father, Manville, and in 1916, he succeeded his father as bank president. During the 1930s Depression years, Doyle obtained funds from the Federal Government's Public Works Administration to help construct buildings at SRJC. In his will, Doyle established a unique perpetual trust which would provide scholarships to "worthy young men and women attending SRJC." At the time of Mr. Doyle's death in 1948, the value of this trust was close to $600,000. In 1950, the first awards were made from the trust's dividends: $21,000 funded 95 student scholarships. Since that year, the trust has earned more than $52 million in dividends, resulting in over 83,000 Doyle scholarships to students at SRJC. Read about the Doyle Scholarship at SRJC.
Designed in colors that reflect Sonoma County's natural environment—the green of the oak trees and gold of the grasses on the hillsides—the new building offers the opportunity to provide expanded features and services:
Great care has been taken to make the building energy efficient and environmentally friendly. This includes many features, such as: