The Frank P. Doyle Building

Building Overview

The Frank P. Doyle Library building on the Santa Rosa Campus is a 145,000 square foot, four-story structure which also houses Media Services, the Tutorial Center, Distance Education, the Instructional Technology Center Computer Lab, and the Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery

About Frank P. Doyle

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. At his death in 1948, Frank P. Doyle gave his majority interest in the stock of Exchange Bank, in trust, to the trustees of the Frank P. Doyle Trust. Mr. Doyle’s gift of his Exchange Bank stock to the Doyle Trust has proven to be one of the most remarkable planned gifts in the history of American community college education. The first Doyle Scholarships were awarded in 1950. Since that time, more than 140,000 Doyle Scholarship awards have been offered and over $90 million has been paid to provide financial assistance to Santa Rosa Junior College students.. Read about the Doyle Scholarship at SRJC.

Building Occupants

  • First Floor - Robert F. Agrella Art Gallery, Tutorial Center, Media Services, television studio, and technology-enhanced classrooms
  • Second Floor - Circulation Desk & Course Reserves, Research Desk, Tech Gear Desk, Instructional Technology Center Computer Lab, Technical Services, 2nd Floor Teaching Lab, Conversational Commons area, Group Study Rooms, Print Room, USF Admin offices, New Books & Leisure Reading Collection, Family Literacy Collection, Reference Collection and Staff Picks
  • Third Floor - Book and Music Collections, Special Collections, Quiet Commons Area, Group Study Rooms, LRET Admin offices, Distance Education, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Fourth Floor - Book Collections, Print Room, Silent Commons area, Group Study Rooms, and quiet Reading Room 

Building Features

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 building offers the opportunity to provide expanded features and services:

  • 145,000 total square feet: 99,000 assigned (usable) square feet with 1,045 student seats in a variety of configurations, including individual carrels and group study rooms
  • Wireless technology throughout the facility
  • Ample computer workstations and a laptop checkout program
  • A white noise generator to block ambient sounds and maintain quiet zones
  • Digital color television studio and technology-enriched classrooms and meeting spaces

Great care has been taken to make the building energy efficient and environmentally friendly. This includes many features, such as:

  • A rooftop array of 77 KW photovoltaic solar panels that generate a significant amount of the electricity used in the building, estimated to save the College between $20,000 and $30,000 per year in energy costs
  • Over 80% of roof and ceiling tile contents derived from recycled materials
  • Recycled materials used in carpets and upholstery fabrics
  • Green and nontoxic building materials used whenever possible to reduce outgassing and the use of nonrenewable petroleum-based resources
  • Strategic placement of the building's many ceiling-to-floor windows and skylights to maximize the use of natural sunlight
  • Motion sensors to automatically turn off lighting when users leave study rooms and offices