SMU Libraries are committed to providing resources for students with disabilities, creating open dialogue in order to better serve all users, and increasing access to our spaces and services. If you have questions or concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your suggestions on our feedback form.
SMU students, faculty, and staff can have items pulled and ready for you to check out at the desk.
You can designate a proxy to checkout library material on your behalf.
You can have library materials delivered to you.
You can request scanned articles and book chapters through Interlibrary Loan. If you use a screen reader, please select that option on the request form so we can send a screen reader-compatible scan.
Software & Technology
For accessibility software and technology questions, or to schedule an appointment for technology help, please contact email@example.com. Software & technology can be moved to different library locations upon request.
Kurzweil reads and translates text aloud and includes organizational tools such as a text highlighter, talking spell checker, note-taking capabilities, and dictionary. SMU students with a documented disability may sign up for an account at DASS. Other SMU students, faculty, and staff can email for an account firstname.lastname@example.org. On all computers in Fondren Library and Bridwell Library and may be downloaded on personal computers.
Zoom Text Magnifier/Reader
ZoomText magnifies computer screen displays up to 36 times. ZoomText screen reader narrates users’ actions such as file menu selections and keyboard inputs in addition to reading web pages and documents. On one computer in Fondren Library Red 1 Prothro Commons (designated with green light bulb) and Bridwell Library.
JAWS Screen Reading Software
JAWS provides speech and braille output to enable blind or low vision users to read content online. On one computer in Fondren Library Red 1 Prothro Commons (designated with green light bulb) and Bridwell Library.
Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice-to-Text Software
Voice-to-text software allows you to speak into a microphone and create a document or email. On one computer in Fondren Library Red 1.
ClearView Magnifier with 19" screen
Magnifies print materials. Located in Bridwell Library.
Braille Embosser with Duxbury Translation Software
Prints text into tactile braille cells. Located in Fondren Library Blue Room 131.
For a list of low-distraction study spaces (group and individual) in Fondren and Hamon Libraries, go to the Places to Study page and filter by Quiet.
To reserve a room, choose the library below. SMU ID required. If you need assistance reserving or accessing these spaces, Ask Us.
Bridwell Library (Perkins only)
Hamon Arts Library
Underwood Law Library (Dedman Law only)
Bridwell Library has one main entrance on the south side of the building, which has a ramp and automatic door openers.
There are two elevators. The south elevator has access to the upper basement, first, and second floors. The north elevator accesses the lower basement and first floor. There is a ramp to connect the upper and lower levels of the basement. Special Collections on the second floor is accessible by the north elevator, but guests must be accompanied by a staff member.
Each floor has ADA compliant restrooms with a handicap stall. Unisex bathroom in the basement with changing table.
The Business Library is located on the first floor of the Maguire building. The accessible entrance is on the north side of the building, second floor. Take the elevator to the first floor.
Accessible restrooms are located outside the library on the first floor of Maguire.
DeGolyer Library is on the 3rd floor of Fondren Library Gray. The south entrance to the building (facing Hughes-Trigg) is the closest to DeGolyer Library. The library can be accessed from the Gray elevator on Fondren Library Gray 1.
Fondren Library has five entrances. We recommend entering the building from the Laura Bush Promenade via the Main Desk entrances, which are accessible entrances with automatic door openers. The south entrance facing the Hughes-Trigg Student Center also has an automatic door opener and a ramp.
Red, Blue, and Gray sections of the building each have elevator access to all floors.
• Three ADA-compliant, unisex, single access restrooms – Fondren Main Desk area and Gray 1 near entrance
• Men’s and women’s restrooms with one handicap stall – Fondren Red 1, 2, 3, 4 and Fondren Blue 1
Hamon Arts Library
We recommend using the west Hillcrest entrance between Binkley and Granada. There are automatic door openers at the entrance to the building and the entrance to the library.
Elevator in the main lobby of Hamon Arts Library connects to all floors.
1st floor restrooms are ADA compliant with handicap stalls.
The Underwood Law Library building has two accessible entrances, west and east.
• Ground Floor - Located in northeast corner. Goes to ground, 1st, and 2nd floors.
• Second Floor - Located to the right of the entrance from the 2nd floor lobby. Goes to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors.
• One accessible restroom on the ground floor in the hallway leading to the SMU Law Review offices.
Research help is available at all libraries on campus. Online research help is available via email or chat. Many librarians also offer virtual research consultations via video conference for in-depth research needs. Visit Ask Us for more information.
Any person who requires a reasonable accommodation on the basis of a disability in order to participate in an SMU Libraries program should contact the event coordinator or email@example.com at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.
DeGolyer, Bywaters, and Bridwell special collections libraries include non-circulating material that may be old, fragile, or rare. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for our patrons. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of your planned visit, so that we can make sure we are able and equipped to meet your research and accessibility needs.
If you cannot access content or use features on the SMU website due to a disability, please contact email@example.com.