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.

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

More Information

The Books That Shaped My World

Dr. Sarah Whiting, Dean of the School of Architecture and William Ward Watkins Professor of Architecture, will be the featured speaker for the April presentation of The Books That Shaped My World.  Dean Whiting will discuss the books that influenced or had special meaning in her life.  A reception will follow the presentation.

Reception to Honor Rice Authors, Editors, Artists & Composers

This annual event and reception, sponsored by the Friends of Fondren Library, honors Rice faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Friends of Fondren Library who authored a book, edited a journal, composed a major musical work or mounted a one-person art show in calendar year 2015. A panel discussion with selected honorees and a question and answer session will follow the presentation. Join us in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of our Rice family!

2016 Friends of Fondren Library Gala Honoring Tanya and Wayne Graham

Join us for the Friends of Fondren Library's 36th annual gala dinner and auction honoring Rice baseball coaching legend Wayne Graham and his wife, Tanya. Proceeds from this annual event are used to enhance library collections, resources and facilities.  Tables of 10 are available as well as individual tickets. To purchase a table or tickets, go to .