User Experience - UX

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

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.



  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Off-Campus access to all online library content is available to Rice NetID holders only through the Rice EZproxy service.
  • The Rice Alumni Digital Library provides online access to a subset of the library’s online collections licensed for remote use by Rice alumni.







  • The Brown Fine Arts Library, on the third-floor, provides materials related to art, architecture, classical archeology, and music.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The GIS/Data Center (GDC) (Fondren B40) provides training and access to geographic information systems software and geospatial data sets.
  • 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.
  • The Woodson Research Center (Fondren 160) contains Rice University’s archives and rare book and manuscript collections





  • 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)



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





  • 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.



  • 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.

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.

Library Student Ambassadors

Ithaka S+R Survey Rice Research

Rice University’s Fondren Library partnered with Ithaka S+R to administer an online survey in Spring 2015 to inform and improve library services. Faculty were surveyed on three topics, including: Digital Research Activities, Data Preservation & Management, and Discovery. Undergraduates and graduate students were invited to participate in a 10-minute national survey on library services that was also administered at many other universities, including UNC Chapel Hill, the University of Chicago, and Swarthmore.  The faculty survey has been done at Harvard, Tulane, Baylor, and Princeton. Fondren Library used the results of the survey to inform a recent website redesign and to generate ideas for service enhancements.

Research staff from Ithaka S+R visited the campus in May 2015 to present the findings to Fondren Library and worked with the Rice community to understand the results. The Faculty Survey and the Student Survey provided a heightened awareness of campus needs and helped library leaders to manage changes in the research process.

More information about the survey can be found at the Ithaka S+R website,

For questions or comments about the Survey, please contact: Debra Kolah ( or Sandi Edwards (

Rice University Faculty Survey Report of Findings

Rice University Graduate & Undergraduate Student Survey Report of Findings

Rice Library Faculty Committee

Rice Data Preservation and Management

Rice Digital Research Activities Deep Dive

Rice Discovery Deep Dive

Rice Town Hall Meeting