Visitor Information

COVID-19 Update: Fondren Library is closed to the public until further notice. We have updated this page to reflect current information and ways to get help and information. We appreciate your understanding during this time.

Public Access


Depository Library for United States Government Information

Staff at Kelley Center for both the Federal Depository Library Program and Patent and Trademark Resource Center will be working remotely until further notice.

If you have related questions:

  • Email us
  • Call: 713-348-5483
  • You can also email us for Zoom reference, research consultancy, or an instruction session.

24/7 Self-Help available:

Due to Fondren Library's current policy, PubEast and PubWest Databases are not available to the general public during the fall semester 2020. For any questions, please email us.

Alumni Access

Rice University alumni have access to the Rice Alumni Digital Library. For borrowing privileges, alumni can join Friends of Fondren. As alumni, they can do so for a reduced fee.

Friends of Fondren

All Friends of Fondren members receive:

  • Library circulation privileges
  • Advance notice of lectures, receptions, the annual gala and other special events.
  • News from Fondren, published twice a year.
  • Digital Media Commons' printer services. Additional fees may apply.

Local universities and museums

Visitors from local universities, museums and other institutions may have privileges at Fondren. Please consult our Community Borrowers table to see if you are eligible to borrow items.

K-12 Classes and other groups

K-12 classes and other groups may request a tour of Fondren using this form. Read more about scheduling visits for high school groups.


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