Gleeson Library and The Geschke Learning Resource Center
The Richard A. Gleeson, S.J. Library is located in the center of the lower campus of University of San Francisco. As of 2005, the library held more than 680,000 books, 130,000 journals, 2,200 periodical subscriptions and 900,000 other materials including micro-forms, government documents, CD-ROMS, videos and audios. The building includes the Geschke Learning Resource Center, the library, The Thacher Gallery, The Donohue Rare Book Room and the William Monihan, S.J. Atrium.
Construction on the building began on May 15, 1949 and was completed on December 3, 1950. At the dedication of the building, USF President William Dunne, S.J. delivered an address commemorating the building as the "first unit in the overall plan for a Greater University of San Francisco". The Geschke Learning Resource Center addition was constructed in 1997. Named for USF Board of Trustees chairmen Charles and his wife Nancy Geschke, it was the first new building constructed on the campus since 1973.
The Atrium, a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) open-space study area open to students twenty four hours a day, was included in the addition. An inscription explains the dedication of the space to Fr. Monihan; “Reverend William J. Monihan, S.J. 1914-1996. Jesuit, University Librarian, Bibliophile, San Franciscan, Caring Friend to Many.” Fr. Monihan helped in the development of the Donohue Rare Book Room, which contains the university’s special collections including rare books, prints and literary and historical manuscripts.
This building also houses the Thacher Gallery, a gift from Carter and Mary Thacher. The gallery presents annual exhibitions, diverse in subject and material and including an annual student showcase. The first exhibit was mounted in the winter of 1998 and the gallery continues to feature up to five exhibits a year with art from students as well as local and international artists.
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