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SMU Libraries and Special Collections

The University’s eight libraries house the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest, with more than four million print and electronic volumes.

Fondren Library, SMU’s largest library, has a general collection of nearly two million volumes covering the humanities, social sciences, business, education, science and engineering. It is a selective depository of government documents and houses an extensive map collection.

Bridwell Library of Perkins School of Theology houses one of the nation’s finest research collections in theology and religious studies and outstanding collections of rare books, Bibles and manuscripts.

Underwood Law Library, serving Dedman School of Law, is the largest private law school library west of the Mississippi.

DeGolyer Library is the principal repository for special collections in the humanities, the history of business, and the history of science and technology, including significant holdings of Western Americana, Texana, and railroad and transportation history. It is also home to the University Archives and Archives of Women of the Southwest.

Hamon Arts Library houses materials relevant to the visual, performing and communication arts in support of Meadows School of the Arts. Its archives include the

G. William Jones Film and Video Collection and the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections.

Business Library of Cox School of Business, which includes the Kitt Investing and Trading Center, provides specialized business research resources, reference and instruction services and innovative information technology solutions.

SMU-in-Plano Library Resource Room supports graduate studies and professional development programs on SMU’s Plano campus north of Dallas.

Fort Burgwin Library (Fred Wendorf Information Center) at SMU-in-Taos focuses on the history, literature, cultures and environment of New Mexico and neighboring states in the Southwest.

Central University Libraries Digital Collections contain photographs, manuscripts, imprints, works of art, and video and audio on such subjects as railroads, Texas, Mexico, the U.S. West, the Civil War, SMU history and African-American films.