The library's Writer's Voice Series is a central intellectual experience for students, faculty, and staff each year. Visiting authors have included: Tony Kushner (pictured), Michael Chabon, Russell Banks, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Robert Pinsky, Carlos Fuentes, Amy Tan, and Mira Nair.
Southwestern's Special Collections Department has the papers of the late U.S. Sen. John Tower, who was a graduate of Southwestern University (Class of 1948). Sen. Tower was best known for chairing President Ronald Reagan's Special Review Board, which studied the Iran-Contra Affair in1986.

A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center

The Library is far more than a collection of books. It is also the centerpiece of our academic facilities. Yes, Smith Library has top-notch circulation, reserves, reference and a dedicated team of scholars, researchers and staff to assist in your search for information.

You’ll also find our periodicals room, group study rooms, music listening facilities and themed study alcoves perfect places to focus, work and meet with classmates and professors.

Nice spaces: coffee bar, first and third floor alcoves, Prothro Room (great view of the Academic Mall)

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