Join Us

Membership Levels | Additional Gifts | Borrowing Privileges | Tax Deductions | Renewals

If you enjoy libraries, reading, research, book collecting, fine press printing, or book binding, and would enjoy access to SMU collections and libraries, you already have something in common with our more than 200 members. Be part of our efforts to enhance SMU's intellectual pursuits and academic excellence by adding your name to our growing membership.

Your Friends of SMU Libraries’ membership helps SMU's libraries maintain their leadership in the region, and you'll enjoy the many benefits available to members:

  • Invitations to all Friends of SMU Libraries events
  • Announcements for library exhibitions, special events, and lectures
  • Campus parking privileges at the Benefactor level or higher
  • Library borrowing privileges at the Associate level or higher

Membership Levels

Young Literati

$25 minimum

  • For supporters in their 20s, 30s, and 40s

Become a Young Literati Member

SMU Faculty & Staff

$30 minimum

  • Current and Retired

Become a Faculty & Staff Member

SMU Parent

$50 minimum

  • For Parents of SMU Students

Become a Parent Member


$100 minimum

  • Library borrowing privileges 

Become an Associate


$250 minimum

  • All previous benefits and 10% discount at the SMU Bookstore

Become a Patron


$500 minimum

  • Campus parking privileges and all previous benefits

Become a Benefactor

Library Fellow

$1,000 minimum

  • Interlibrary loan privileges and all previous benefits

Become a Library Fellow

Life Member

$5,000 minimum

  • An engraved brick in the Friends Plaza and all previous benefits

Become a Life Member

Make an Additional Gift

The Friends of SMU Libraries Endowment Fund enhances the budgets of the SMU libraries, assures the quality of the libraries for the future, and allows Friends of SMU Libraries to provide continuous support not solely dependent on membership dues.

Borrowing Privileges

Library borrowing privileges are available at the Associate Level and higher. Your card will be mailed to you after your contribution is received. View our Friends card checkout periods and policies for more information.

Tax Deductions

The value of library borrowing privileges has been determined to be $50. All contributions in excess of that amount are tax deductible. Your gift is fully deductible if you decline borrowing privileges, as long as you notify us in writing.

Membership Renewal

Friends of SMU Libraries memberships are for one year, starting September 1 and expiring August 31. Friends joining in the late spring and summer will have their membership extended through the following August.