Services

Services for Persons with Disabilities

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 libraryaccess@smu.edu or submit your suggestions on our feedback form

 

Borrowing Materials

SMU students, faculty, and staff can have items pulled and ready for you to check out at the desk.

• For Fondren, Hamon and Bridwell Libraries, request through Library Search. View our FAQ for instructions.
• For Underwood Law Library, use the Ask A Librarian form.

You can designate a proxy to checkout library material on your behalf.

 

Software & Technology

For accessibility software and technology questions, please contact libraryaccess@smu.edu. Software & technology can be moved to different library locations upon request.

Kurzweil 3000/Firefly

Kurzweil reads and translates digital text aloud and includes organizational tools (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 libraryaccess@smu.edu. On all computers in Fondren Library and may be downloaded on personal computers.

Zoom Text Magnifier/Reader

ZoomText aids users with low vision by magnifying computer screen display up to 36x. ZoomText screen reader narrates users’ actions such as file menu selections and keyboard inputs in addition to reading web pages and documents. On 2 computers in Fondren Library Blue 1 and Bridwell Library.

JAWS Screen Reading Software

JAWS provides speech and braille output to enable blind or low vision users to read documents, email, websites, and other applications. On 2 computers in Fondren Library Blue 1 and Bridwell Library.

Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice-to-Text Software

Voice-to-text software allows user to speak into a microphone and create a document in a word processing program or email. On 2 computers in Fondren Library Blue 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.

 

Study Rooms

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.

Fondren Library
Bridwell Library (Perkins only)
Business Library
Hamon Arts Library
Underwood Law Library (Dedman Law only)

 

Building Details

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Bridwell Library

Bridwell Library is currently under renovation. Please contact libraryaccess@smu.edu for help.

Business Library

Entrances

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.

Restrooms

Accessible restrooms are located outside the library on the first floor of Maguire.

DeGolyer Library

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

Entrances

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.

Elevators

Red, Blue, and Gray sections of the building each have elevator access to all floors.

Restrooms

• 3 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, 2, 3

Hamon Arts Library

Entrances

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.

Elevators

Elevator in the main lobby of Hamon Arts Library connects to all floors.

Restrooms

1st floor restrooms are ADA compliant with handicap stalls

Underwood Library

Entrances

The Underwood Law Library building has two accessible entrances, west and east.

Elevators

• 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.

Restrooms

• 1 accessible restroom on the ground floor in the hallway leading to the SMU Law Review offices.

 

Research Help 

Research help is available in person 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.

 

Events

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 libraryaccess@smu.edu at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.

 

Special Collections

Many special collections libraries at SMU are by appointment only. Please contact degolyer@smu.edu for more information about services and accessibility, or to schedule a visit.

 

Website Accessibility

If you cannot access content or use features on the SMU website due to a disability, please contact web-accessibility@smu.edu.