Friends of Fondren Library - FOFL

Seeks to heighten community and alumni interest in Fondren Library and to support academic programs at Rice University by funding library collections and facilities.

Library Endowment Funds

Donations of $100,000 or more can be named endowments, in support of specific collections and Library facilities. Income from these named funds helps buy materials in general areas designated either by the donor or by Fondren Library. In each volume acquired with the revenue from the endowments, a bookplate identifies the endowment.


Leisure reading for the holidays - borrow a book before you leave

Looking for a great book to read or listen to over the holidays? Check out Fondren's excellent collection of contemporary literature. The links below will take you our catalog to find something to enjoy during the winter break.

Friends of Fondren Fiction

Leisure Books

Leisure Audio Books

Friends of Fondren Hospitality Tent - Nov. 14 - 12pm


Friends of Fondren Library Event - October 27 - 6:30pm


Fondren Library Tours on October 23, 9:00-11:00am

The Friends of Fondren Library will be hosting tours of Fondren Library on October 23, from 9:00am - 11:00am.

Please meet in the first floor lobby for a tour guide.

More information on this event at

More information about Rice Families Weekend at

$3,000 in Prizes - Apply by February 28

2014 Winners

Photo - (L to R) Lexi, Jane, Anya  (Nate George was out of the country and is not pictured.)

This year's winners are:

Nate George (not pictured) - first place, graduate category.
Jane Ellen Evans - second place, graduate category.

Anya Wilkening, first place, undergraduate category.
Lexi Perez, second place, undergraduate category.


Fondren Library's annual Research Award program is funded by the Friends of Fondren Library and recognizes students who demonstrate extraordinary skill and creativity in the application of library and information resources to original research and scholarship.


Graduate Students

  • $1000 winner
  • $500 honorable mention

Undergraduate Students

  • $1000 winner
  • $500 honorable mention

Accepting Applications Now

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