Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are my children allowed to use my Friends membership to check out materials from the SMU libraries?
A: The person whose name appears on the card must be present to take advantage of their borrowing privileges.
Q: What is Colophon?
A: Originally, colophon was the bibliographic information printed at the end of a book; the term is now used almost exclusively for the publisher’s device commonly printed on the title-page and the spine of the cover jacket.
Q: How do I acquire borrowing privileges at the SMU libraries?
A: Join the Friends of the SMU Libraries at the Associate or higher level. (Check our membership page for a break down of membership levels.)
Q: What do my membership dollars support?
A. All moneys raised by the Friends of the SMU Libraries through both membership and fundraising directly funds the annual grants program. Each Spring, the Grants Committee meets to review grant proposals from all of the libraries for things like books, electronic resources, equipment and staff support. The committee then awards as many of the grants as possible from the funds raised throughout the year.
Q. Where do I park on campus?
A. Parking on campus is available through different options. Friends’ members, who join at the Benefactor level and above, will receive an annual parking pass that allows access to the SMU garages on campus. All other visitors may park in metered parking spaces as marked on SMU’s visitor map. The locations for the Central University Libraries can be accessed at The main campus map can be accessed at