Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services

The information desk will be closed during the week of the Thanksgiving holiday, Monday Nov. 21 to Friday Nov. 25.

The Kelley Center Information Desk is open on weekdays, Fall Semester 2022:

  • Monday-Thursday, 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Friday, 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Staff on-site hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.

We will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 23-25.


Federal Depository Library

Since March 22,1967, Fondren Library has been a federal depository for U.S. government documents, primarily serving the 7th Congressional District of Texas. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).

The mission of the FDLP is "to provide free, ready, and permanent public access to Federal Government information, now and for future generations." (FDLP Mission, Vision, & Values)

The vision of the FDLP is "to provide Government information when and where it is needed in order to create an informed citizenry and an improved quality of life." (FDLP Mission, Vision, & Values)

The Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services in Rice University's Fondren Library strives to achieve the mission and vision through:

  • Access: Equal free access to the Federal and Texas State depository collections and services.
  • Dissemination: Promote and disseminate tangible and online collections of official Federal and Texas State government information to support the needs of Rice and community users.
  • Collaboration and Communication: A strong national depository library network built on transparent, open communication and collaboration between depository libraries, Federal agencies, and the GPO.
  • Expertise and Professionalism: Dedicated and knowledgeable staff in depository libraries.
  • Service: Enrich one’s library experience by providing high quality user‐centered services - instruction, reference assistance, and research consultancy.
  • Stewardship: Good stewards of the tangible and digital resources entrusted to us by the American people.

Patent and Trademark Resource Center

Fondren was first designated a patent depository library in July 1977; over time, the program has changed with advances in technology and the needs of innovators and entrepreneurs. Today, the Kelley Center is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). The PTRC Program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, is a national network of designated libraries authorized by 35 U.S.C. 12 to:

  • Disseminate patent and trademark information, and
  • Support diverse intellectual property needs of the public.

Microforms and Maps

The Kelley Center assists research and instructional needs of the Rice and Houston community by providing access to and assistance with the Library's large collection of microform materials, physical atlases and maps, and a large, uncataloged set of AEC/Department of Energy documents.

Kelley Center Visitors

Our offices are in Room B38, open 9:00am-4:00pm. (Note: Our staff availability and schedule are subject to change.) To avoid any time conflict, secure a meeting; or, if you need assistance outside the hours listed above, please email or call to schedule an appointment ahead of the time. Kelley Center staff will also be better prepared to assist you.

For assistance from the Kelley Center staff outside those hours, please contact us via:

  • Email:
  • Phone: (713) 348-5483, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. If no one answers, please leave a voice message with your name, contact information, and any questions.

Fondren Library's building access policy is subject to change without notice. Please visit Fondren Library's hours website for updates.

Fondren will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and during Winter Recess.

Kelley Center tangible collections and equipment are in the public area. You are welcome to use them. They are easily accessible any time Fondren Library is open. No staff permission is needed. Floor maps, public signs, and paper instructions are near collections and equipment to guide you. If you notice anything on the Kelley Center maps, public signs, or paper instructions that needs clarification or updating, please email We will work on it.

Contact Information
(713) 348-5483
Kelley Center staff offices are located in Fondren Library's basement, Room B38.

Mailing Address:
Kelley Center for Government Information
Fondren Library
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Additional Information


Government Guides:

Local Government
State Government 
Federal Government

Maps, Atlases, & Related Publications Guide