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SMU Libraries and Special Collections

The University’s nine libraries house the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest, with nearly 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 library in the Southwest.

DeGolyer Library houses special collections on Western Americana, Texana, railroad history, history of science and technology, and business history, including major corporate archives. It is 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.

ISEM Reading Room serves students and faculty of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man (ISEM) in the areas of anthropology, geology and geophysical sciences.

SMU-in-Plano Library Resource Room supports teaching and research by students and faculty 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 include online digital collections from University libraries relating to such subjects as Texas, the Southwest, the U.S. West, Mexico, Civil War and World War II. Specialized holdings include Texas art and photography.