Friends of Fondren Library - FOFL

Seeks to heighten community and alumni interest in Fondren Library and to support academic programs at Rice University by funding library collections and facilities.

Please Note: Friends of Fondren Library Gala is Rescheduled for 2022


The twice-rescheduled 40th Annual Friends of Fondren Library Gala honoring Pat and Ira Gruber will be held on Friday, March 25, 2022

We deeply appreciate your support which is so critical to the library and the university community, and we all look forward to celebrating with Pat and Ira next year.

Mary Lowery
Executive Director

Deborah and Bryan Domning '75
Gala Chairs

New Date: March 26, 2021 - Friends of Fondren Library Gala and Auction

This event has been rescheduled for Friday, March 26, 2021.

Table and ticket purchases will be honored at the rescheduled event. 

Friends of Fondren Library Gala and Auction

This event has been rescheduled for March 25, 2022. Table and ticket purchases will be honored at the rescheduled event. 

Gala Chairs Deborah and Bryan Domning ’75 invite you to join us for the

40th annual Friends of Fondren Library Gala and Auction
honoring Pat and Ira Gruber, the Harris Masterson Jr. Professor Emeritus of History.

Please visit to purchase a table or individual tickets.

Rice Authors, Editors, Composers and Artists Reception

January 30th, 5:30pm
RMC/Ley Student Center
Farnsworth Pavilion, Ley Student Center

Click for More Information and to RSVP

The Books That Shaped My World, featuring David Leebron

Please join the Friends of Fondren Library for The Books that Shaped My World, Featuring David Leebron, Rice University President.

David W. Leebron, J.D., has served as Rice University's seventh president since 2004, a period of growth and transformation for the university. A native of Philadelphia, Leebron is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review. Following a judicial clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, he taught at the UCLA School of Law in 1980. After two years in private practice, he joined the faculty at the NYU School of Law in 1983. In 1989, Leebron joined the faculty of Columbia Law School, where in 1996 he was appointed dean and served in that position until coming to Rice. He is a member of the political science faculty at Rice, and has written in the areas of international trade and investment, torts, privacy, corporate law and human rights. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Association of American Universities, and the IMAX Corporation. He has also been awarded Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Mérite by the government of France and the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel La Católica by the government of Spain.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library 3rd Floor

To RSVP, please visit

This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Guests are welcome.

Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage, in Founder's Court Lot, in Lot N at Gate 21 off of Rice Boulevard or in the Stadium Lot. A credit card is required. A campus map with parking information is available at


The Cat in the Hat Comes Back – Dr. Seuss




The Way Things Work – An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Technology

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe


Abuse and Oppression:

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself – Harriet Ann Jacobs

Night – Elie Wiesel


The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka



The Copernican Revolution – Thomas S. Kuhn

The Life of Galileo – Bertolt Brecht


What to Read in Paris:

Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell

Lew Miserables – Victor Hugo

Eiffel’s Tower – Jill Jonnes


Problems of the Mind:

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

An Unquiet Mind – Kay Redfield Jamison


Human Rights:

The Age of Rights – Louis Henkin

Political Theory and International Relations – Charles R. Beitz

Black Panther – the recent movie


Fighting for Justice:

Michael Kohlhaas – Heinrich Von Kleist

Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow


Family Matters:

In the Middle of All This – Fred G. Leebron


Everyone’s World:

Silent Spring – Rachel Carson

The Sixth Extinction – Elizabeth Kolbert


Crime, Guilt, Punishment & the Obligatory Russian Novel:

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky

An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser


Books That Shaped Me (Literally):

Michelin Guide to France

Zagat Survey New York City Restaurants


Rice University Books:

Edgar Odell Lovett and the Creation of Rice University – Edgar Odell Lovett

University Builder – John B. Boles

2018 Rice Authors, Editors, Composers and Artists Reception

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the Friends of Fondren Library will host its annual event honoring Rice faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Friends of Fondren Library who have authored a book, edited a journal, composed a major musical work or mounted a one-person art show in the calendar year 2017.

Please register for this event using the button to the right.