give & learn

Gillian McCombs
Dean and Director of Central University Libraries

B.A., French and European Literature, University of Warwick, England
M.A., Librarianship, Leeds School of Librarianship, England
M.P.A., University at Albany, SUNY

Best part of my job
Making a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff.

Favorite campus settings
World War II Miller Memorial/Schussler Garden, the old Fondren Library West stacks, and the fourth floor of Fondren Library East for an incredible view of the Dallas skyline

Supporting SMU's reputation 
Gifts of collections expand the resources we have available to support research and teaching. Donations ensure that we can maintain our reputation for being the largest private university library in the southwest.

Direct impact
Donations increase our resources and create better facilities, enabling us to attract the very best faculty and appeal to students who spend a lot of time in the library studying.

New services and technologies funded through annual gifts 

  • Digital reference pilot project for Web page chat sessions
  • Digitization of our World War II government documents for Internet access
  • Refurbished conference areas
  • Library chairs funded
  • Camera for art history students
  • Assistive technology equipment for students with physical disabilities