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 will start 24-hour access on Sept 11 and be open each week Sunday at noon through Friday at 6pm. Use this link to see all Fondren Library hours: http://www.smu.edu/CUL/Hours

After 9pm, use your ID card and enter through the main lobby doors.

What floors are open and closed in Fondren right now?

Excellent question:

As of Jan 22, the 2nd floor on Fondren East is closed, but this floor will open by Jan 29. The next floor to close will be Fondren East 3rd floor which has study spaces and books with call numbers P-PT and the 800s. Fondren East 3 will be closed from Feb 4 to March 30. If you need books from the 3rd floor, we can get them for you. Ask at the desk for help or call 214-768-2329 to learn all of the options.

We have added a new “Request Pick Up or Scan” link in the library catalog to request that a book be pulled and held for you at the desk. This new service works for most Fondren, Hamon Arts Library or Bridwell Library books.

Some study space in Fondren West first floor is closed, but the construction there is for a good cause: A new collaborative computing space and a fancy Starbucks. The convenient access to caffeine should be worth this small sacrifice. The space will be complete this summer and will take Starbucks gift cards. 🙂

For more renovation information, you can monitor our renovation web page: http://blog.smu.edu/fondrenrenovation/



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!


When will Fondren go back to 24/5 hours?

Question: Is there a time frame when the library will be back to a 24/5 schedule? I personally am a night owl, and the new hours mean I have nowhere to study on campus at night time.

Answer: Thank you for your question. This previous posting may give you an idea about why we decreased library hours this academic year. We thought long and hard before taking this course, but the extensive Fondren Library renovation will affect every floor, three stairwells, and many study spaces and won’t be complete until July 2016. Once the renovation is complete next summer, we will re-evaluate the library hours to determine if we will return to 24/5.

“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.


What’s with the shorter library hours?

Q1: Fondren should be open 24/7. Closing at 1 just seems wrong. That’s where people go to study when their roommate says to turn the lights off.

Q2: Hi, The purpose of my email is to let you know that I think that at least one library on SMU campus should be open 24 hours a day for students. I am a very serious student majoring in electrical engineering and cannot focus is any setting. I need a library to get my work done. I know that there are engineering buildings that are always open and that I could go into any of the open classrooms. However, the classroom setting is not the same as a library setting where you have have a large table to spread your things out or even rented out study rooms which I prefer. I know for a fact that I am not the only student on this campus being affected by Fondren Library’s new hours. I would really appreciate it if whoever is in charge would reconsider opening at least some portion of the library for students like me. After all, the main purpose we are here is to study and that resource should always be available to us.
Please let me know if there is someone else that I should contact regarding this issue.

Q3: Changing the hours for Fondren is a horrible idea. It is completely ridiculous that we no longer have a 24 hour library and that Fondren now closes at 1. I think this is the stupidest thing SMU could’ve done and Fondren needs to go back to its normal hours. I am not just speaking for myself; I have spoken with other students about this outraging matter. No one can seem to figure out why SMU would make such a ludicrous decision that will most definitely have a negative impact on its students’ lives and grades.


Thank you all for your emails to our suggestion blog. We sincerely value all input from students on how we can improve library services, spaces, and resources. We understand your frustrations with the reduced hours at Fondren Library Center and are very grateful for your love and appreciation of the library. In making this decision this year, we carefully considered two major factors: the library renovation and usage statistics.

First, the current major renovation is having a significant impact on the library. Each floor in the library will be closed at various points this academic year. The main stairwell in Fondren will also be completely closed late in the fall semester. New pathways from the south side by Hughes-Trigg and from the DeGolyer entrance are being created to improve navigation through the building. We are moving shelving and relocating major collections, as well as moving all staff offices at least once. While the renovation is occurring throughout the year, we are concerned with limited availability of study rooms and study spaces, as well as the safety and security of our students overnight during construction.

The second factor in the decision to limit hours this year was an analysis of student usage of the library during overnight hours. Over the past two years, we have tracked numbers of students in the library through security guard counts. We discovered that library usage dropped significantly between the hours of 11pm and 3am during 24/5 hours. Usage of the library surged the week before and during Finals. Given the drop in usage overnight and the risk to students in a building undergoing major construction, we decided to reduce hours this year, but to remain open 24/7 during the last two and a half weeks of each semester. Once the renovation is complete, we will reassess library hours for the 2016-2017 academic year.

We are all committed to providing students with excellent service throughout the renovation which will end in July 2016. Library staff are able to retrieve books for students on closed floors, and we have an excellent Interlibrary Loan service to request any items we don’t have available. We also have the Ask a Librarian service which is an excellent way to get help without coming into the building.

While it is painful now, when the renovation is complete, you will have a new Centennial Reading Room, a redesigned Learning Commons, a Collaborative Computing Area, a new Starbucks Café, and a refurbished fourth floor for quiet study. You will also have improvements in navigation throughout the building, as well as improved study spaces on the Science Library side of the building.

We appreciate all feedback as we go through this year. Please email again with any other concerns or ideas. You are also welcome to join the Central University Libraries Student Advisory Council to provide input throughout the year on how we can improve our services.  The Student Advisory Council meets in Fondren Library the third Monday of every month at 3 PM.  You can also keep tabs on the renovation through our renovation blog.


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!