About the Business Library

The Business Library is located in the Cox School of Business and provides access to dedicated business librarians offering classroom instruction, open enrollment workshops and reference services to the SMU community. The library collections feature prestigious research databases focused on the school’s academic disciplines. The Business Library contains the Kitt Investing & Trading Center, a dynamic instructional and research facility integrating financial data and technology into the curriculum, enhancing innovative faculty research, and teaching students practical finance and investment applications. The Business Library is open to anyone with a valid SMU ID or Alumni Library Card.


Special Collections

You can check out items from the Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Center Resource Collection and the Cox Career Management Center Collection.

Print Journals

Browse recent issues for nearly forty key business and trade journals and the Book of Lists Texas collection.

Specialty Databases

Some financial and real estate databases are available only from specific computers in the Business Library. Only current students, faculty, and staff may use these resources.

Vision Statement

The Business Library is committed to the delivery of timely, accurate information to faculty, staff, and students. We provide library resources and services in a technologically rich environment. We implement new initiatives that enhance the academic quality and competitiveness of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business and Southern Methodist University. Our dedication to supporting faculty and student engagement with the research and learning process; along with adapting to current curriculum methods, teaching styles, and course content, reinforces our philosophy that the library serves as the heart of the institution.


The Business Library was founded in 1987 by Sharon Criswell and Florence (Foxy) Mason with an initial grant of computer equipment by AT&T. According to a 1989 Library Journal article, it was “one of the first attempts at a major university to fully integrate traditional library resources with voice, data and video technology.” The facility underwent a complete renovation in 2011. In September 2011, the renovated Business Library re-opened with the addition of The Kitt Investing and Trading Center.