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 NetID)

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


  • Due date is set by lending library
  • No renewals are allowed
  • ILL Items can not be placed in Course Reserves
  • Copyright laws apply to all materials
  • No charge for this service
  • Your account will be blocked if you have overdue ILL items
  • If a lending library bills us for a book they consider lost, we will bill you for that item

Items Unavailable for ILL

  • Textbooks for current Rice classes
  • Rare items (microforms or reprints may be available)
  • Books in poor condition
  • Reference materials
  • Software

Dissertations & Theses

  • Check Proquest first before making a request. Many are available electronically.