Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

When an item you need is not owned by Fondren Library, or is unavailable, you may request to borrow the item from another library.


Eligible: Current Rice faculty, staff & students, retired staff and faculty emeritus with active Rice NetIDs

Not Eligible: Visiting Scholars, Complimentary Staff, Friends of Fondren, Inter-Institutional Grad Students, General Public


  • Due dates are set by the lending library
  • Renewals are not allowed at this time
  • ILL Items can not be placed in Course Reserves
  • Copyright laws apply to all materials
  • Your account will be blocked if you have any overdue ILL items
  • If a lending library bills us for a book they consider lost, we will send that bill to you

Items Unavailable for ILL

  • Rare items (microforms or scans may be available)
  • Books in poor condition (as decided by lending library)
  • Reference materials (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.)
  • Software

Dissertations & Theses

  • Check Proquest first before making a request for dissertations or theses. Many are available online.