Faculty Services

The Underwood Law Library provides in-depth research support and numerous other services to support faculty. Each faculty member is assigned a specific reference librarian who serves as his or her library liaison. Liaisons coordinate faculty access to library services.
For additional information about faculty services, contact your library liaison or see the Faculty Guide to Library Services.  
Requesting & Borrowing Materials
Book and Document Delivery
The library staff is happy to deliver library materials and photocopies directly to you.  
Interlibrary Loan
The library has arrangements with numerous libraries and commercial suppliers for obtaining books and other research materials not otherwise available at SMU. We can obtain most items in one week or less. Submit interlibrary loan requests to your library liaison or request titles online by logging into ILLiad
New Books on Display
The library displays some of its new books in the faculty library on the second floor of Storey Hall.  Sign the form attached to the books if you wish to receive the books when they are no longer on display.  You can also view a list of Underwood's new monographs displayed in call number order at this link:  Underwood Law Library new books.
Purchasing Books from Your Faculty Account
Library staff can order books for you and charge them directly to your faculty account or other SMU account.  Send your purchase requests to Shannon Dekat, Acquisitions Manager (sdekat@smu.edu; ext. 8-1826). Please indicate if you need the items on a rush basis.
Recommending Library Purchases
The law library welcomes faculty recommendations for new publications to purchase.  Please direct your recommendations to your liaison or to Tom Kimbrough (thomask@smu.edu; ext.8- 3978).  Please indicate if you wish library staff to route those publications to you upon their receipt by the library.

Publishing & Research Support
Reference librarians can assist you with research by performing literature searches and preparing bibliographies.
Current Awareness
To receive electronic notifications of scholarly and legal developments in your particular areas of interest, contact your library liaison to set up current awareness alerts.
Faculty Research Assistants
Reference librarians are available to provide training and research guidance to your assistants.  If you would like to designate your research assistant as a circulation proxy, so that she or he may check out library materials on your behalf, fill out the online Proxy Request Form
Faculty Research Fellows Program
Faculty Research Fellows are available throughout the year to assist with faculty research projects. Fellows are hired, trained, and supervised by law librarians. If you have a research project for the Fellows Program, complete the Research Request Form or contact your library liaison.  

Library Carrels
Faculty may reserve library carrels for one month to work on research projects.  To reserve a carrel, contact Winston Tubb, Collection Services Manager (wtubb@smu.edu; ext. 8-1832).
Research Projects
Reference librarians will assist faculty with research projects that are not too large in scale (and thus more appropriate for research assistants). Contact your library liaison to request research assistance.

If you would like to submit an article to SSRN, please fill out the SSRN submission form. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Marja Pietilainen-Rom (mprom@smu.edu; ext. 8-3245).

Teaching & Classroom Support
Legal Research Lectures
Reference librarians are available to provide legal research lectures for your students.  They can also meet with your students individually to discuss research strategies.

Course Reserves
To place materials on course reserve, contact Winston Tubb, Collection Services Manager, at wtubb@smu.edu, ext. 8-1832.