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Message From the Dean and Director

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Welcome to the Central University Libraries! Supporting the research, teaching and learning needs of SMU students, faculty and staff is our primary goal. We hope that you will enjoy your experience here - either literally in one of our libraries or virtually through the Internet - and that you find the resources and support you need.

We hope that each and every one of you will get to know your library and your librarian. We are here to support you --whether you just need a quiet place to study or assistance with your research, help is just a short walk or a click away. We also have a student forum that meets each semester to discuss ways to enhance the student library experience. If you are interested in joining, contact Hollie Gardner, User Experience Librarian, or visit the CUL Student Advisory Council page for more information.

This is a very exciting time for the SMU libraries as we have just completed a major renovation of the Fondren Library. We look forward to sharing all of our new spaces with you so come visit soon. Get your caffeine fix at Fondren Library Starbucks, enjoy quiet study time with a view in the 4th floor Skyline Study Area or work on group projects in the Collaborative Commons. It’s a new day at Club Fondy so come find your favorite new study space!

We welcome feedback from you, our users, at all times. Feel free to email me personally at, or use any of our various online Ask-a-Librarian services. You can always keep up with 'all things library' by checking out our Browsing Forward newsletter. And if you are lonely for a human face, come and see me. My office is located on the third floor of Fondren Library East, room 300.


Gillian M. McCombs
Dean and Director, Central University Libraries

Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750135
Dallas, TX 75275-0135

Tel. No.: (214) 768-2401
FAX: (214) 768-3815

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