Vision & History

Vision Statement

The Business Library is committed to the delivery of timely, accurate information to faculty, administrators and students, and to providing library resources and services in a technologically rich environment. We constantly strive to initiate and implement new programs to 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 continuously adapting to current curriculum methods, teaching styles and course content, reinforces our philosophy that the library serves as the heart of the institution. Our beliefs result in a library that is integral to the life of the school, is a leader in enhancing the educational experiences of the SMU campus community, and earns local and national recognition for our achievements in facilitating teaching and learning while providing innovative library services.


The Business Library was founded in 1987 by Sharon Criswell and Florence (Foxy) Mason with an initial grant of computer equipment by AT&T. Since that time directors have included: John Criswell, Ellen Ko, Margaret Warner and Paulette Hasier. The present director is Sandal Miller. A number of other librarians have also served in the Business Library during past years: Debra Marshall, Nancy Miller, Bill Howie,Marilyn Schulte, Catherine Daly, Cindy Batman, Linda Baker, Angela Bueche, Yvonne Manby, Brent Bloechle and Gracie Otin. Support staff have included Drew Williams, Nancy Hong, Mitzi Hennessey, and Jennifer Tiemann. All have contributed their knowledge and expertise to the benefit of the Cox community.

The overall faculty 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. The library is comprised of a variety of study and research spaces, including magazine browsing area, quiet study area, informal group meeting areas, group study rooms and computer stations for individual study. Space continues to be modified to increase group study space.