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Change is coming- Explore Primo! March 31, 2016

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This summer Gonzaga libraries are migrating to a new library system, replacing one we have used for over 15 years.

We know change can be a little hard, so we want you to have time to prepare. With this transition, Primo will become our primary search resource for the library collections. The Classic Catalog will be gone. Fortunately, we have offered Primo for a few years now, so rest assured Primo will remain, and will not look very different. For now you can still use the Classic Catalog, but take a look at Primo and give it a try!
We have developed a guide to help you get accustomed so some of Primo’s features:  Primo Guide

Here is a break down on what is changing:

•    The Classic Catalog will no longer be available.
•    Primo requires login to take advantage of its best features. Login will be your network account.
•    Your library account information will look a little different when you renew books or place holds.
•    WIN Borrow will still be there, but how you search for books and place requests will be changing.
•    Some library policies regarding checkout times and overdue fees will be changing.
•    Periodicals @Foley and the Chastek A-Z Journal List will have a new look.

Here is what is not changing!

•    Primo will still be here.
•    All database resources will be available, and the access methods to those resources will be unchanged.
•    ILLiad, Refworks, Research Guides and all the other library resources you know and love will be unchanged.
•    Your library professionals will be here to help you navigate!

Construction Update January 25, 2016

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Late last week we moved into the new reference and circulation desks, and today the old reference desk is being demolished. Please excuse our dust and noise and the deconstruction will continue through the week, but come by and say hi at our new desks! For regular updates on the project and to see pictures check out our Facebook Page.

Proquest Databases will be unavailable January 16th from 7pm to 3am January 13, 2016

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The library’s Proquest databases will be unavailable for eight hours starting at 7 PM this Saturday the 16th. RefWorks, a ProQuest product, will also be unavailable. Proquest will be performing maintenance and upgrades during this period. Full service should be restored by 3 AM.

The EBSCO databases and databases from other vendors will still work during this time.

Construction at Foley Library December 11, 2015

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Changes are coming to the reference and circulation areas of Foley Library. As soon as the book is closed on Fall Semester 2015, construction will begin on a new circulation desk. During the construction phase you will be able to checkout your books at the reference desk, where an extra computer will be temporarily located.  All our usual circulation and reserve services will be available during construction but may not be in the usual places, we are happy to help you locate what you need during the disruption.


The next phase will be the construction of a new reference desk located adjacent to the circulation desk.


The project will be completed early in Spring Semester 2016, we hope this timing will cause the least disruption to our students, faculty and staff.

Library fine amnesty through December 18th! November 30, 2015

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Do you have library fines that won’t go away or long overdue materials?
Bring your items in and we will forgive** or negotiate library fines Nov 23 through Dec 18.
Questions? Contact Valerie Kitt Foley Library Circulation 509-313-6540
**This does not include the replacement cost of lost books.

Chat unavailable Thanksgiving Day November 25, 2015

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Our chat with a librarian service will be unavailable November 26th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We wish all of you safe travels, good food and happy times with your families!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

New Room Reservation System! September 17, 2015

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Have you seen our new LibCal system for reserving study rooms?  We think it is a HUGE improvement over the old method!


The new system has great visual interface, where you can easily see what hours and rooms are available, hovering your mouse over the “i” next to each room name will give you some details on the technology available in each room.  Registration is quick and easy, just be sure to use your Gonzaga email address.   Detailed instructions are available on our Room Reservation page, as well a link to the LibCal system.  Take a look and give it a try next time you need a room for group study!

Student Jobs @Foley August 17, 2015

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Foley Library is looking to fill numerous FWS positions throughout the library in a variety of departments, and may even have a few institutional positions available.  For more information on available positions and to fill out an application, please see our Student Jobs at Foley page.

How to apply for a FEDERAL WORKSTUDY (FWS) position at Foley Center Library:

  1. On the Student Employment webpage go to FEDERAL WORK STUDY ON-CAMPUS
  2. Click the INSTRUCTIONS for applying for an Academic Year FWS Job—Read carefully as the application process has changed
  3. There are two job posting for the library:
  5. Choose the APPLY WITHOUT VITAE option to login or create an account
  6. Fill in the requested information
  7. Please follow the link in the REQUIRED SECTION – (form) within our position posting to fill out our FOLEY STUDENT APPLICATION
  8. Upload Foley Student Application and complete electronic submission


  1. Check out our  STUDENT JOBS AT FOLEY page
  3. Submit application to the library administration office (Foley Center, 3rd floor, room 302)
  4. Or send application via email to ELAINE BAIERL (baierl@gonzaga.edu)

Changes @Foley June 24, 2015

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It is hard not to notice the sights and sounds of change around Foley these days.  We are used to a pretty quiet atmosphere here at the library, so the banging and clanging doesn’t go unnoticed!

New walls are going up on the first floor west end soon to be the offices of AAA: Academic Advising and Assistance.  The east end of the main floor has some musical chair style shifting going on as CTA will be moving into new space, to make more room for the Virtual Campus. The computers are being removed from the 24 hour lounge area to prepare for imminent construction of this area including a revamped Writing Center.  We apologize for the loss of this 24 hour study space, but hope the re purposing of this space will be a great resource to the campus.   If 24 hour printing and studying is important to you let us know, we welcome the feedback.

We here at the library are very excited to have all these new (and familiar) partners in the building to bring better services to our students from right here in Foley… and with Hemmingson Center soon to open next door the old saying that ‘the library is the heart of the university’ is quite fitting as we are right at the heart of the campus!

Thanks for bearing with us through the construction dust and noise.  Check back for updates as the work progresses!

Access to Databases During System Upgrade 2/15 February 12, 2015

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Our LibGuides system, which hosts our Research Guides and the Databases A to Z, in addition to other library information pages, will be upgraded Friday evening, February 13th.

Starting at 7pm and lasting for approximately 90 minutes, these page will be unavailable.

We have created a DatabasesAtoZ PDF which provides links to all of our databases, so you can still access them during the downtime.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


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