Reference - REF

Provides research assistance and instruction in the use of library resources.

Read, Study, Collaborate, Research and Learn

The Fondren Learning Zone is a new collection of tutorials explaining Fondren's spaces, research resources and learning opportunities. Whether you're looking for a place to study, getting to know the new OneSearch and other library tools, or wanting a free workshop to enhance your digital media or data management skills, you can find helpful tips and clear instructions in the Fondren Learning Zone. Go to

Read, Study, Collaborate

Learn about the library’s spaces, study rooms, equipment available for checkout, and the support we offer our patrons.


Find books, articles and more at the library using OneSearch and our enormous collection of online resources.


Build your skills in digital media, data management, government research and more.

Access the Fondren Learning Zone

Fondren 101 - Learn the Library

Learn your way around with Fondren 101. It’s a tour, followed by a short class to show you where to go and how to look in the library. It’s your Fondren Library orientation. 

Classes will meet in the Quad (East) entrance area of Fondren Library. Each session, including tour and classroom time, will last about 50 minutes.

Access the Houston Post Historical Archive

Fondren Library recently purchased the Houston Post Historical Archive.  Our purchase is being used as seed money to finance the digitization of the Houston Post.   The digitization process has started and we now have access to portions of the newspaper from 1886 - 1944.  The digitization is ongoing so keep on checking back for more years.

To access the Houston Post Historical Archive, use the following link:


Oxford Bibliographies Online - Several Subject Areas

Every Oxford Bibliographies article gives expert overviews and lists of handpicked, annotated sources for further study. This resource is one of the best ways to efficiently get an expert’s perspective on the scholarly literature around a subject.


Fondren currently provides access to the following Oxford Bibliographies modules, constituting hundreds of bibliographic articles:


African Studies


American Literature



Art History


Atlantic History


British and Irish Literature






Environmental Science


Evolutionary Biology




Latin American Studies


Medieval Studies






Political Science






And currently on trial: Management!


Cherry Reading Series - Chang and Collier

Cherry Reading Series - Chang and Collier


Cherry Reading Series - Karen Thompson Walker, Mar. 4

Cherry Reading Series - Karen Thompson Walker, Mar. 4