I can’t find a phone number for Fondren Library

Call: 214-768-2329
Text: 214-919-5988

We’ve heard from a few people lately that they’ve had trouble finding the phone number on our website. We’ve listened to your feedback and tried to make that information easier to find.

  1. Click Ask Us at the top of any page across the SMU Libraries site and get to a list of phone numbers for every library, as well as links to send a chat, email, or schedule an appointment with a librarian.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the footer and click Maps & Directions – this now links to the library maps and directions page rather than SMU campus maps.
  3. The About page has a Contact Us box with all the different ways to reach someone in the library.

Please let us know if you have more feedback about our website! We would love to hear from you.

Why is the library closing so early? I need 24 hour access!

For the first few weeks of each semester, we’re hiring and training student workers who work overnight to keep the library open, so we close earlier during those weeks. If you need study space past 9pm the first few weeks of class, the Hamon Arts Library is open until midnight.

Fondren Library starts 24-hour access around the 3rd week of school, and is open each week Sunday at noon to Friday at 9pm. See the library’s hours page for up to date info.

Why isn’t Hamon Library open 24 hours?

Question: I found out you’re not open 24/5 anymore! What’s with that? If you’re not going to be open, can’t Hamon be?

Answer: I’m so sorry you’re unhappy with the Fondren Library hours! See the previous post for a longer explanation about why this decision was made. We all wish the Hamon Arts Library could be open 24/5, but because that library is situated inside the Owen Arts Center building, the library must close when the building is closed. There is not a separate entrance to the library from outside, only inside the building. I’m sorry we can’t accommodate this idea. Please keep sending ideas though. We always want to know what you need. If we can do it, we will!


“Add to Calendar” link for workshops

Comment: I love all the various workshops you offer and have added several to my calendar. It would be wonderful if the web folks could put an “add to calendar” button on each of these events to quickly put these on our Outlook calendars (or whatever people use).


Great suggestion!  We’re glad you’re enjoying our fall semester lineup of Research Workshops.  We’ve put an “Add to calendar” link on each event.


Young adult fiction

I recently discovered the Fondren Library has young adult fiction books.  I enjoy reading books from this genre to decompress and was really pleased to find them.

Thanks for the compliment!