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The Herold Mahoney Library is a magnificent 35,000 square foot building with tall glass curtain walls that open to the east to capture the view across a new campus green ramping up toward Sonoma Mountain. The architectural and cultural heart of the campus, the library hosts many programs in SRJC's Arts & Lectures series of events and provides a venue for other cultural and civic events that have become a hallmark of the library.
Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced libraries in Sonoma County, the building offers four times the total space of the former Mahoney Library with a capacity of up to 60,000 titles.
The library incorporates the latest information resources, learning environments, and technology, including:
Herold Mahoney was an SRJC graduate, a member of the SRJC Board of Trustees, and a local businessman. Mr. Mahoney graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1932, after serving as President of the Associated Students. He continued on to the University of California at Berkeley where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration. Following graduation, he worked for Union Oil Company and served in the U.S. Navy, eventually returning to Petaluma to start his own business. In addition to serving on local school boards, Mr. Mahoney served as a member of SRJC's Board of Trustees for 10 years. In recognition of his service to the College and the community, the Library on SRJC's new Petaluma Campus, opened in 1995, was named after Herold Mahoney. Mr. Mahoney died on November 21, 1999.