Administration & Organization

Mission Statement

Fondren Library supports Rice University’s research and teaching aspirations by providing innovative research and information services, access to scholarly resources, and inviting physical and virtual spaces.

The Values Supporting our Mission are to:

  • Collaborate
  • Innovate
  • Inspire trust
  • Embrace diversity
  • Provide excellent service
  • Support University priorities

What We Do

  • Working with staff, develop and monitor a forward-looking strategic plan for the library.
  • Provide necessary administrative support for managing the daily operations of the Fondren Library.
  • Help set customer service standards for each department.
  • Manage the budget and funds of the Fondren Library.
  • Provide administrative support for hiring and terminating personnel and student workers.
  • Provide administrative support for purchasing equipment and supplies.

Hours for Rice ID Holders

For the most up-to-date information check our Service Updates page.

Spring 2022 Regular Hours for Rice ID Holders - Beginning January 10, 2022

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
10am to
2am
6am to
2am
6am to
2am
6am to
2am
6am to
2am
6am to
10pm
9am to
7pm

Holiday Hours

  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
MLK Jr. Weekend           Jan 14
6am to
6pm

Jan 15
10am to
6pm

  Jan 16
12noon to
6pm
Jan 17
10am to
6pm
Jan 18
Open at
6am
       
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Spring Recess        

Feb 10
6am to
6pm

DMC: 9am-4pm

Feb 11
6am to
6pm
DMC: 9am-4pm
Feb 12
10am to
6pm
DMC: closed
 

Feb 13
Open at
10am

DMC: 1-5pm

           
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Spring Break           Mar 11
6am to
6pm

Mar 12
10am to
6pm

DMC: closed

 

Mar 13
12noon to
6pm

DMC: closed

Mar 14
7am to
9pm

DMC: 9am-4pm

Mar 15
7am to
9pm

DMC: 9am-4pm

Mar 16
7am to
9pm

DMC: 9am-4pm

Mar 17
7am to
9pm

DMC: 9am-4pm

Mar 18
7am to
6pm

DMC: 9am-4pm

Mar 19
10am to
6pm

DMC: closed

 

Mar 20
Open at
10am

DMC: 1-5pm

           
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Final Exams           Apr 22
6am to
2am
Apr 23
6am to
2am
  Apr 24
6am to
2am
Apr 25
6am to
2am
Apr 26
6am to
2am
Apr 27
6am to
2am
Apr 28
6am to
2am
Apr 29
6am to
2am
Apr 30
6am to
2am
  May 1
6am to
2am
May 2
6am to
2am
May 3
6am to
6pm
       
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Commencement       May 4
7am to
6pm
May 5
7am to
6pm
May 6
7am to
6pm
May 7
1pm to
6pm
  May 8
Closed
May 9
7am to
6pm
May 10
7am to
​​​​​​​6pm
May 11
7am to
​​​​​​​6pm
May 12
7am to
​​​​​​​6pm
May 13
7am to
​​​​​​​6pm
May 14
10am to
​​​​​​​6pm
  May 15
Closed
           
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Memorial Day             May 28
Closed
  May 29
Closed
May 30
Closed
         
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Independence Day   July 4
Closed
         
               
Phone: 
713-348-5698
Fax: 
713-348-5258
Mailing Address: 

Fondren Library
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Visitor Hours

The Fondren Library building will reopen to visitors (i.e. visitors without current Rice IDs or Friends of Fondren Library memberships) on January 23, 2022. For the most up-to-date information check our Service Updates page.

Visitor Regular Hours

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
10am to
6pm
7am to
10pm
7am to
10pm
7am to
10pm
7am to
10pm
7am to
10pm
10am to
6pm

Holiday Hours

  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
MLK Jr. Weekend           Jan 14
6am to
6pm

Jan 15
10am to
6pm

  Jan 16
12noon to
6pm
Jan 17
10am to
6pm
Jan 18
Open at
6am
       
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Spring Recess         Feb 10
2am to
6pm
Feb 11
6am to
6pm
Feb 12
10am to
6pm
  Feb 13
Open at
10am
           
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Spring Break           Mar 11
6am to
6pm

Mar 12
10am to
6pm

  Mar 13
12noon to
6pm
Mar 14
7am to
9pm
Mar 15
7am to
9pm
Mar 16
7am to
9pm
Mar 17
7am to
9pm
Mar 18
7am to
6pm
Mar 19
10am to
6pm
  Mar 14
Open at
10am
           
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Commencement     May 3
6am to
6pm
May 4
7am to
6pm
May 5
7am to
6pm
May 6
7am to
6pm
May 7
1pm to
6pm
  May 8
Closed
May 9
7am to
6pm
May 10
7am to
​​​​​​​6pm
May 11
7am to
​​​​​​​6pm
May 12
7am to
​​​​​​​6pm
May 13
7am to
​​​​​​​6pm
May 14
10am to
​​​​​​​6pm
  May 15
Closed
           
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Memorial Day             May 28
Closed
  May 29
Closed
May 30
Closed
         
  SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
Independence Day   July 4
Closed