A conceptual rendering of the Fondren Centennial Reading Room

A conceptual rendering of the Fondren Centennial Reading Room

As SMU concludes its centennial celebration and begins a second century of achievement, the University is restoring the grand reading room in historic Fondren Library Center to its original grandeur. Made possible by the generosity of The Fondren Foundation, the Fondren Centennial Reading Room will be dedicated on Founders’ Day, April 15, 2016, as a culminating centennial gift to the SMU family and to future generations of students and faculty. The restoration will create an inspiring setting that evokes the room’s rich history and tradition, encourages scholarly pursuit and serves as a gracious venue for community gatherings. Original architectural details will be integrated with custom finishes, furnishings and lighting specially designed for the Fondren Centennial Reading Room by iconic American craftsman Thomas Moser.

Leave a Legacy

Thos. Moser furniture can be found in distinguished university, presidential and civic libraries across the nation. In honor of SMU’s centennial celebration, the University has commissioned custom-designed, handcrafted Moser tables and chairs to re-establish Fondren Centennial Reading Room as one of the campus’ signature spaces.

You can be a part of this final project of The Second Century Celebration by naming a furniture piece in the Fondren Centennial Reading Room. A plaque mounted on each named table or chair will recognize the donor or honor a current or a former student, an influential faculty member or an SMU family.

Naming Opportunities

  • Reading Chair (96 available)    $500
  • Lounge Chair (16 available)    $1,500
  • Table (12 available)    $2,500
  • Large Table (18 available)    $5,000

For additional information or to learn more about opportunities for support, please contact Paulette Mulry, director of Development at Central University Libraries, at 214-768-1741 or pmulry@smu.edu.