- Provides resources to purchase materials and equipment for the library and to improve the facility and develop the collection.
- Sponsors a gifts and memorials program that provides the library purchasing power beyond its university allocations. The library's gift program raises funds for the purchase of otherwise unattainable books, manuscripts, and CDs.
- Publicizes the library's resources and services as well as acknowledges the generosity of its donors through the Friends' newsletter, The Flyleaf and News from Fondren. Past issues can be found in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive.
- Sponsors programs for the community such as lectures and a special reception honoring Rice authors, editors, artists, and composers.
- Organizes special fund raising events benefiting the library endowments and programs.
The Friends of Fondren Library, founded in 1950, is dedicated to stimulating growth in library resources and facilities for the 21st century.The Friends seeks to heighten community and alumni interest in Fondren Library and to support academic programs at Rice University by funding library collections and facilities.
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Friends of Fondren Library
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the Friends of Fondren Library will host its annual event honoring Rice faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Friends of Fondren Library who have authored a book published in calendar year 2016, edited a journal published in 2016, composed a major mu