The largest collection of resources on campus, Fondren Library houses materials in the humanities, social sciences and business, as well as government information resources. Its collections include approximately 570,000 books, 4,000 journal titles (including 2,300 current journals and newspapers), 68,000 volumes of bound periodicals, 225,000 U.S. and Texas government documents, and 180,000 microforms. The Fondren Library also houses the Science and Engineering Library which includes collections in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer science, and civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering. The library has particularly strong collections in the earth sciences, electronics, general science and technology.
Fondren Library offers a state of the art Assistive Technology Center . The Information Commons combines traditional reference assistance with computer lab technology and support service in an inviting casual environment on the first floor. Fondren Library is also home to the CUL Interlibrary Loan Department. A wide range of user education classes is offered by librarians in three computer classrooms.
W. W. and Ella Fondren began their family's association with SMU in 1919. Their gift of Humble Oil stock shares in 1935 funded the construction of the Fondren Library. It was completed in 1940 and had most of the characteristics of a library building of that period.
By 1968, Fondren Library, with the largest collection on campus housing materials in the humanities, social sciences and business, had already outgrown its original walls. Once again through the generosity of the Fondren Family and Foundation along with federal assistance as authorized through the Higher Education Facilities Assistance Act, the library was enlarged by a four floor addition to the east end of the building. The west end of the original Fondren Library now houses the DeGolyer Library of Special Collections and the Norwick Center for Media and Instructional Technology. Fondren Library was designated as a selective federal depository in 1925 and receives approximately 70% of government depository publications.
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- 1st Floor
- In addition to books, the first floor has the largest computer lab located in the building to the right of the main entrance and left of the main stairwell. The desk in the main lobby of the library can be used to check out books however its primarily used by students for study room reservation. Scanners, printers and copiers are available all on the first floor. Both copiers and printers accept PonyExpress or library copy cards, and charge a flat rate of 10 cents per page.
- 2nd Floor
- In addition to books, the second floor has the highest concentration and number of study rooms. The area just above the lobby provides larger group study rooms with dry erase boards while the rest of the floor provides slightly smaller study rooms. Tables, desks, chairs, and couches can be found throughout for studying. There are 2 computers available for use across from the elevators
- 3rd Floor
- The thrid floor provides students primarily with personal study desks. While the configuration has often been subject to change, it offers an excellent quiet study area. There are 2 computers available for use across from the elevators.
- 4th Floor
- The fourth floor is significantly smaller than the other 3 main floors and basement of the Fondren Library. Can be reached by the main stairwell, back stairwell, and 2 main elevator shafts. As with the other floors there are 2 computers available for use across from the elevators. The fourth floor is primarily designated as a silent study floor.
- The basement of Fondren Library offers video editing computers, vending machines to the left of the main stairwell, and a wealth of reference books. There is wireless network access as in the rest of the library however cell phone service will not be found with any carrier in the basement.
- Bathrooms for both sexes can be found on each floor of the library
- There are two main elevator shafts that service Fondren Library, and a third less used in the West Stacks. The 2 main elevators can be found on the first floor to the left of the main stairwell. The secondary elevator shaft is used primarily by maintenance.
- Printers and Copiers
- located on the first floor. Charge of 10 cents per page
- Wi-Fi Access
- Access to the secured PerunaNet student network and the open SMU1911 network can be found with good strength throughout the library.
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