Introduction to Fondren


Welcome to Rice University’s Fondren Library! Fondren Library, located at the center of the academic quad, is a key center of learning in our educational community, providing access to scholarly information, research support, library instruction, and computing and study facilities. At Fondren Library and through our extensive Web sites, you'll find important services and resources to help you meet your academic and research goals.

The library is the home of books and print materials, as well as a wide range of audio-visual media, sound recordings, and rare and unique collections of books, government publications, photographs, manuscripts, and maps. Throughout the Library, renovations are underway that will further facilitate collaboration and quiet study.

The library also links users to a world of scholarly information available through licensed online databases and journals and a vast network of reciprocal borrowing agreements with libraries around the world. Just as importantly, the Libraries’ expert librarians and professional staff provide unparalleled research assistance and library services in person, over the phone, or online.

We hope you'll consider Fondren Library to be your educational partner and source of quality scholarship and learning during your time at Rice University. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions about your experience in the library and with the libraries’ online services. I wish you every success in your inquiries and pursuit of learning.

-Sara Lowman, Vice Provost & University Librarian

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