As the primary information resource for the SMU community, and commonly referred to as ‘the heart of the University,’ the Central University Libraries plays a central role in supporting the University's aspiration to be a leading research institution and a dynamic, engaged, learning environment. CUL will be committed to the use of transformative processes and tools in support of this vision, and will be an active participant in the digital revolution. As information needs change and grow, CUL will seek to play a leadership role in the intellectual life of the SMU community.
The Central University Libraries supports and enriches SMU’s academic mission and heritage. CUL serves students, faculty, staff and the general public by building collections, organizing information, providing high quality research assistance, and preserving, digitizing and showcasing library materials. CUL staff will provide outstanding professional assistance in the access of diverse resources, and create an environment that respects academic freedom, encourages open enquiry and excites the mind.