Visitor Information


Public Access

The public (ages 18 and up) may visit the library during non-Rice visitor hours. A government issued ID is required. See our Getting to Fondren Library page for more information on transportation to and parking on campus.


Borrowing privileges are available to members of the Friends of Fondren.

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions.

Depository Library for United States Government Information

  • Email us
  • Call: 713-348-5483
  • You can also email us for Zoom reference, a research consultancy, or an instruction session.

24/7 Self-Help available:

Alumni Access

Rice University alumni have access to the Rice Alumni Digital Library. For borrowing privileges, alumni can join Friends of Fondren. As alumni, they can do so for a reduced fee.

Friends of Fondren

At this time, all Friends of Fondren members receive:

  • Library circulation privileges
  • Advanced notice of lectures, receptions, the annual gala, and other special events.

Local universities and museums

Those from local universities, museums and other institutions may have borrowing privileges at Fondren. Please consult our Community Borrowers table to see if you are eligible.

K-12 Classes and other groups

K-12 classes and other groups may request a tour of Fondren. Read more about scheduling visits for high school groups.

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