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Message From the Dean and Director

Dean Gillian McCombs

Welcome to the Central University Libraries! Supporting the research, teaching and learning needs of SMU students, faculty and staff is our primary goal. We hope that you will enjoy your experience here – either literally in one of our libraries or virtually through the Internet - and that you find the resources and support you need.

During this Year of the Student, we want to remind students that we are here for YOU! We hope that each and every one of you will get to know your library and your librarian. We are here to support you – whether you just need a quiet place to study or assistance with your research, help is just a short walk or a click away. We also have a student forum that meets monthly during the semester for pizza and discusses ways to enhance the student library experience. If you are interested in joining, contact Hollie Gardner, User Experience Librarian, or visit the CUL Student Advisory Council page for more information.

This is a very exciting time for the SMU libraries! Over the next two years, we will engage in a major renovation of the Fondren Library Center Complex. The target date for project completion and the dedication of the facility is July of 2016. We are still raising funds for this project and appreciate the support of all of our donors to date.

We welcome feedback from you, our users, at all times. Feel free to email me personally at, or use any of our various online Ask-a-Librarian services. You can always keep up with 'all things library' by checking out our Browsing Forward newsletter. And if you are lonely for a human face, come and see me. My office is located on the third floor of Fondren Library East, room 300.


Gillian M. McCombs
Dean and Director, Central University Libraries

Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750135
Dallas, TX 75275-0135

Tel. No.: (214) 768-2401
FAX: (214) 768-3815

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