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Central University Libraries are eager to welcome everyone back for the Fall 2009 semester. Please see below for some of the key improvements and changes based on your feedback.

Fondren Library Center

Group study spaces

We created a new online booking tool for our group study rooms. You can login with your SMU ID number and book your group study room online at: You will receive an email confirmation and it will be added to your Webmail calendar where you can then invite your study group. Five new group study spaces in the Government Documents area in September.

24/7 will have increased seating and study spaces

Fondren Library Center will continue to offer 24/7 during the academic year, once the semester is underway. Additional space will include the 2nd floor atrium area with five group study rooms and comfortable, open seating. This will increase our 24/7 seating by 35% to a total of 290 seats. Lockdown to our newly increased 24/7 footprint will occur at 12am, 7 days/week. 24/7 hours will start on Sunday, September 13th for the Fall semester and continue through the end of exams in December.


24/7 schedule

24/7 hours begin on Sunday, September 13, at 9am. The building will be unlocked and open to the public:

  • Monday-Friday 8am-9pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 9am-9pm

You will now need your SMU ID card at 9pm every night to remain in the library.

For the first 2 weeks of the semester, we have increased our hours. For a full description of hours, including special Labor Day weekend hours, please go to our website:

Service Desks

All 3 service desks (Circulation, Reference, and Periodicals) will be staffed:

  • Monday-Thursday 8am-9pm
  • Friday 8am-5pm
  • Saturday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

As always, the Circulation Desk will be staffed whenever the building is open.

Please remember that we also have our online services like Ask A Librarian <> so you can ask us questions and get research help, even if you are not in the building.

Hamon Arts Library

New Scanner: Thanks to a grant from the Provost’s Office, the Hamon Arts Library is excited to provide a new scanner for the SMU community. Downstairs in the Audiovisual Center, you will find a Knowledge Information Center (KIC). This easy-to-use, large-format, overhead scanner will save your scanned items to a USB drive or email them for easy access. Stop by, try it out, and feel free to ask us if you have any questions.

Library and Reference Hours

Hamon Arts Library hours will remain the same during the semester:

  • Monday-Thursday 8am-12am
  • Friday 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 1pm-12am

The hours for the Hamon Reference Desk will be:

  • Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
  • Sunday 1pm-6pm

If you need assistance at other hours, please ask at the Circulation Desk or use our Help page <>.

DeGolyer Special Collections Library

and the

Institute for the Study of Earth and Man

There are no changes planned for DeGolyer Library and ISEM at this time.

Remember that the libraries are here to help you in any way that we can. Welcome back to campus and have a productive semester!