The idea for Walsh Library first arose in the 1990 strategic plan initiated by the University Chancellor, Very Rev. Thomas R. Peterson, which charged the Seton Hall University Board of Trustees to construct a state-of-the-art facility that would cover three essential criteria: “efficiency, to expedite use; congeniality, to promote productive scholarship; and flexibility, to keep pace with changing circumstances.”  The main benefactors of the library were Raymond Chambers (MBA ’68) and Frank Walsh (SHU Prep ’59).

"Seton Hall needs a new library and she needs it now.  It must be her star, the jewel of her campus.  This beacon of intellectual commitment needed to guide us as lovers of learning must be built - and it shall be."  (Very Reverend Thomas R. Peterson, O.P. University Chancellor, 1990)