Library Services for Community Use

Library and Learning Center
Fall and Spring Semester Hours

8 a.m.–9 p.m.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

Niles Campus Learning Center
Spring Semester Hours

8 a.m.–7 p.m.


Library Services and the Learning Center will be closed whenever the college is closed including the following holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Contact Information

Fred L. Mathews Library
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac, Michigan 49047
Phone: 800-456-8675, ext. 1339

Community Use

Anyone is free to use the resources within the Fred L. Mathews Library at Southwestern Michigan College, such as books, magazines, newspapers, and media. Community members may also attend and participate in library programs.

Library Cards

Community residents who are not students, faculty, or staff of SMC can get a library card if they live in the college's district. They must be 18 or older. The college's district includes all of Cass County and Hamilton and Keeler townships in Van Buren County.

Borrowing Privileges

Having an SMC library card grants community members the following privileges:

  • Can check out print materials from the library’s collection
  • Community members with library cards have the same checkout periods as students and the same grace period for overdue items. They are sent the same notices regarding overdue items and fines. The first three overdue notices are sent via email, while the fourth notice bills the patron for the entire cost of the item via mail. Community members are charged the same costs for missing items.

People who are not SMC students, faculty, or staff are denied some privileges.

  • Cannot access SMC subscription databases (use databases instead).
  • Cannot check out audio-visual materials, including CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and audio books
  • Cannot receive materials through Interlibrary Loan (use the system instead).
  • Cannot check out materials if a fine is owed