Strategic Planning Document

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


Fondren Library’s Strategic Initiatives:


  • Enrich the research experience through improved discovery and access
  • Support the lifecycle of data and scholarly content

Teaching and Learning

  • Provide instruction that fosters academic success
  • Support faculty resource use and curricular design


  • Build and preserve collections that support research, pedagogy and creative expression
  • Develop a staff with the expertise to support the diverse information needs of the University
  • Enhance library spaces to meet evolving teaching and research needs


  • Partner with regional, national and global institutions to maximize access to resources and services
  • Engage the Houston community through access to library resources and expertise