Services

Services for Persons with Disabilities

Fondren Library is committed to providing resources for students with disabilities, creating open dialogue in order to better serve all users, and increasing access to low-distraction study spaces, assistive software, and any other Fondren Library resources not listed here. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Sarah Jenkins.

 

Borrowing Materials

You can request that items be pulled from the shelf to be picked up at the Main Desk. You can designate another person, called a ‘proxy,’ to checkout library material on your behalf by filling out the Proxy Request Form.

 

Building Maps

Building maps are located at the Fondren Library Main Desk entrances. The map details each floor, including study room locations, restrooms, elevators, stairs, call numbers. The map is color-coded to denote the three sections of Fondren Library (Red, Blue, and Gray) for easier navigation.

 

Entrances

There are five first-floor entrances to Fondren Library. The Fondren Main Desk entrances are handicap accessible and have automatic doors.

In Fondren Library Gray, there is an entrance from the Laura Bush Promenade into the Collaborative Commons, an entrance facing Dallas Lawn, and an entrance facing the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

 

Elevators

There are three elevators in Fondren Library:

  • Red Elevator to access Red 1, 2, 3, and 4,
  • Blue Elevator to access the Blue 1, Mezzanine and Blue 2
  • Gray Elevator to access Gray 1, 2, and 3.

 

Restrooms 

Unisex Restrooms Available on SMU Campus

First floor:

  • Fondren Main Desk: two ADA-compliant single access restrooms.
  • Fondren Red: men’s and women’s restrooms, each with one handicap stall.
  • Fondren Blue: men’s and women’s restrooms, each with one handicap stall.
 
Second floor:
  • Fondren Gray, men’s and women’s restrooms, each with one handicap stall.
  • Fondren Red, men’s and women’s restrooms, each with one handicap stall.
 
Third floor:
  • Fondren Red, men’s and women’s restrooms, each with one handicap stall.
  • Fondren Blue, men’s and women’s restrooms, each with one handicap stall.
 
Fourth floor:
  • Fondren Red, men’s and women’s restrooms, each with one handicap stall.

 

Study Spaces

For a list of low-distraction study spaces (group and individual) in Fondren Library, go the Places to Study page and filter by Quiet. You can reserve a room up to two weeks in advance.

If you need any assistance accessing these spaces or in tailoring these rooms to suit your needs, Ask Us.

 

Software & Technology

For accessibility software and technology help, please contact Toni Nolen.

Kurzweil’s Firefly

On all computers in Fondren Library. Kurzweil reads digital text aloud, including the internet, translate texts into any Google-supported language, and includes organizational tools (text highlighter, talking spell checker, note-taking capabilities, and a dictionary). SMU students can contact Toni Nolen or Ask Us for assistance creating an account.

 
Zoom Text Screen Magnification, JAWS Screen Reading Software, and Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice-to-Text Software

On three computers in the Fondren Library Learning Commons. Contact the Main Desk to access these computers. 

 
Braille Embosser  

Prints text into tactile braille cells. Located in Fondren Library Blue Room 131.