Current Status and Services

Current Status and Services

Updated December 2, 2020, 4:25 p.m.

Response to COVID-19

Collections and Materials

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Patron Expectations (opens a new page)

Response to COVID-19

You may notice the Libraries look a little different. But you’ll still have the same great service from the SMU Libraries that you know and love.  Have concerns? Contact the main desk at your library.

Building Access

Access to buildings when they reopen will be limited to current members of the SMU community with an active SMU ID.

Face Masks Required

Per SMU requirements, everyone who enters a building is required to wear a face mask.

Reduced Occupancy

  • We’ve reduced the amount of furniture to comply with social distancing guidelines and Dallas County occupancy restrictions. 
  • Some restrooms will be limited to one occupant at a time.  
  • Study rooms will be available by reservation, but with reduced capacity limits.

Increased Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Libraries will have enhanced cleaning of public spaces throughout the day.
  • Please clean your computer equipment, chairs, and tables, before and after use.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray or wipes will be distributed throughout our spaces.

Materials Handling

  • You are welcome to browse.  If you pick up an item and don't check it out, place it in the designated boxes. We will move these items to quarantine. 
  • All returned items will be quarantined for 48 hours.  They will appear on your account while they are quarantined, and the return date

    will be updated once they are checked in.


Starbucks in Fondren Library is open. Ordering online is encouraged, and orders are picked up near the counter.  No self-serve food is available. 

New Signage

Signage has been added to inform patrons of new procedures, including:

  • Social distancing
  • Social etiquette reminders (covering coughs, frequent hand washing, etc.)
  • One-way directional signage
  • Contact information for cleaning needs
  • Room occupancy limits 


Collections and Materials

Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

A vast number of books, articles, and other materials are available online through the SMU Libraries. 

  • Visit our Research Guides for subject-related database recommendations.
  • Visit the Libraries' A-Z Database List to search for a database by title.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about online and off-campus access.
  • If you need an article or book chapter that is not available online, request a copy from our Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery service. Staff members will scan an item from our print collections or get a copy from another library, then deliver it to you online.

Physical Collections

Checking Out Items

Show your ID card at the service desk. You will be provided instructions on how to check out items.

Course Reserves

Due to the short loan periods and related safety concerns, this service is not available.  We will work with faculty members to identify online alternatives.


There will be some limitations on equipment availability.  All equipment will be held in quarantine and sanitized after check-in.


In Library Search, you can place item requests (see instructions). 

Delivery Options
  • All borrowers can request curbside pickup or locker pickup. 
  • SMU students, faculty, and staff can choose service desk pickup or home delivery.
Curbside Pickup
  1. Place items on hold in Library Search (see instructions).
  2. You will receive a notification email within 48 hours.
  3. Make an appointment for pickup using the link in your notification email.
  4. Pick up your items at the owning library.  Return them to any SMU Libraries book drop box, or ship them to the owning library.

More information about curbside pickup

Locker Pickup (Hamon Arts Library items only)
  1. Place items on hold in Library Search (see instructions).
  2. You will receive a notification email when the items are on hold.
  3. Follow the instructions in your notification email to request locker pickup. You will be notified when the items are in the locker.
  4. Pick up your items from the assigned locker, located just outside the Hamon Arts Library inside the Owen Arts Center.  Return them to any SMU Libraries book drop box, or ship them to the Library.
Home Delivery
  1. Request items in Library Search.
  2. Select Personal Delivery: Home Address.
  3. You will receive a notification email within 48 hours.  You must reply to confirm or correct your shipping address.  
  4. Your items will be shipped and will typically arrive 7-10 days later. By requesting this service, you assume liability for any shipping loss. 
  5. Return items to any SMU Libraries book drop box, or ship them using the prepaid address label enclosed. 


  • Return borrowed equipment to the service desk where it was checked out.   
  • Graduating students must return all borrowed items by the last day of final exams. If you are not in the Dallas area, you can ship them to us.
For USPS (Media Mail is least expensive):  For UPS or FedEx:
Fondren Library Circulation
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750135
Dallas, TX 75275-0135
Fondren Library Circulation
Southern Methodist University
6414 Robert S. Hyer Lane
Dallas, TX 75205

Films and Media for Course Use

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Libraries staff are available to answer your library and research questions through our virtual Ask Us service.



Librarian consultation appointments will be conducted online via Zoom. Find your subject librarian and easily book your online appointment.  In-person consultations are not being offered at this time.

Online Workshops

Sign up for online workshops or request a workshop for your course.

Other Campus Resources