User Experience - UX

Researches and enhances the user experience with usability testing, focus groups, and ethnographic interviews.

We are Looking for Fondren Library Student Ambassadors

Library Ambassadors are undergraduate and graduate students who primarily promote library resources and services to the campus community. They also may engage in conversations about Fondren Library, and advocate for the perspectives of student library users.

Ambassadors will foster communication, increase awareness of library services and resources throughout the university, and serve as a "voice" for their fellow students. Ambassadors are paid for their time, and will on average, work 4 hours a month on library marketing, primarily to call out library events/programs/services in the colleges at lunchtime.

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Students: Join us Tuesday, August 30th from 7-9pm

Open to all Rice Students - Come learn about Fondren Library and have fun!

Tuesday, August 30th, meet us in the first floor lobby between 7:00pm and 9:00pm to get your bingo card and start exploring what Fondren Library has to offer.

 

 

Bingo night

Overview of Fondren's Services, Places and Equipment

Welcome to Fondren!

Our collection includes books, e-books, audiobooks, leisure books, journals, CDs, DVDs, streaming audio and video, sheet music, maps, digital data, manuscripts, government publications and patents.

 

ONLINE TOOLS

  • The Fondren Library website has a single search box that searches our catalog, journals, databases, online articles, archives, digital scholarship, and our handy research guides. library.rice.edu
  • The Rice University Digital Scholarship Archive contains online version of theses and dissertations, historical images, the student newspaper, manuscript collections, and rare and archival materials. scholarship.rice.edu
  • Off-Campus access to all online library content is available to Rice NetID holders only through the Rice EZproxy service. library.rice.edu/offcampus
  • The Rice Alumni Digital Library provides online access to a subset of the library’s online collections licensed for remote use by Rice alumni. alumni.rice.edu

 

RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING SUPPORT

 

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

  • The Brown Fine Arts Library, on the third-floor, provides materials related to art, architecture, classical archeology, and music. library.rice.edu/brown-fine-arts-library
  • The Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Business Information Center (BIC) (McNair Hall 270) is primarily for the support of the Graduate School of Business and provides materials such as current business journals, books, directories and corporate annual reports. library.rice.edu/bic
  • The Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services, in Fondren’s basement,  provides U.S. Government and Texas state documents patents and trademarks. library.rice.edu/gov
  • The GIS/Data Center (GDC) (Fondren B40) provides training and access to geographic information systems software and geospatial data sets. library.rice.edu/gdc
  • The Digital Media Commons (DMC) (Fondren B42) provides tools and training to support the creation and use of digital media, including audio, video, scanning and printing services. library.rice.edu/dmc
  • The Woodson Research Center (Fondren 160) contains Rice University’s archives and rare book and manuscript collections library.rice.edu/woodson

 

LIBRARY SPACES

 

TECHNOLOGY

  • Public computers and printers (first floor near Reference Desk) require a visitor access code to initiate a user session, which is limited to two hours. Access codes can be requested upon Non-Rice visitor sign-in at the East Entrance.
  • Rice Network computers and printers (first floor and second floor mezzanine) require a Rice NetID for access for students and staff.
  • Public photocopiers (basement through fourth floors)
  • Public scanning kiosks (first floor near Reference Desk, Woodson Research Center and Brown Fine Arts Library)
  • Public stereos and video viewing stations (first floor)
  • Headphones are available at the Circulation Desk for the public
  • Audio visual and digital equipment is available for checkout by faculty, staff and students at the Digital Media Commons (B42)
  • Wi-Fi is available to the public on the Rice Visitor network
  • ATM (first floor near the East Entrance)

 

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES

  • Working with Rice’s Disability Support Services, Fondren Library provides accessible facilities, adaptive equipment and  material retrieval assistance to those with access needs. library.rice.edu/accessibility

 

BORROWING PRIVILEGES

 

VISITOR SERVICES

  • Fondren Library is open to anyone 18 year of age or older with a valid photo ID. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors should check in at the East Entrance. library.rice.edu/visitors

 

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

  • Visitor parking is available with different rates and proximity to Fondren Library. The closest parking lot is the Central Campus Garage. Free shuttle service is available from distant parking lots. park-trans.rice.edu

Ph.D. and PostDoc Students: Check Out Our Research Guide

Welcome to Rice! Check out our handy research guide for Ph.D. and Postdoctoral Scholars.