Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services




Since 1967, Fondren Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the Government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code).

The mission of the FDLP is "provide free, ready, and permanent public access to Federal Government information, now and for future generations." (FDLP Mission, Vision, & Values)

The vision of the FDLP is to "provide Government  information when and where it is needed in order to create an informed citizenry and an improved quality of life." (FDLP Mission, Vision, & Values)

The Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services in Rice University's Fondren Library strives to achieve the mission and vision through:

  • Access: No fee access for anyone, from anywhere, to use Kelley Center's Federal depository resources or services.
  • Collections: Tangible and online collections of official Federal information dissemination products built to support the needs of Rice and community users.
  • Collaboration and Communication: A strong depository library network built on transparent, open communication and collaboration between and among depository libraries, Federal agencies, and GPO.
  • Expertise and Professionalism: Dedicated and knowledgeable staff in depository libraries; dedicated to the mission of the FDLP, to increasing their knowledge, and to their profession.
  • Service: Enrich one’s library experience by providing quality usercentric services - instruction, reference assistance, research consultancy; strong commitment to service.
  • Stewardship: Good stewards of the resources entrusted to us by the American people.

Kelley Center further assists the research and instructional needs of the Rice faculty and students by providing access to and assistance with the Library's large research collection of microform materials. Kelley Center also provides access to and assistance with maps and a large, uncataloged collection of AEC/Department of Energy documents. Kelley Center collaborates with other departments of the Digital Scholarship Services to assist the Rice community with applying computer technologies to access and use government information resources in tangible and electronic formats for instruction, research, and publication.

In addition to serving as a federal depository library for the 7th Congressional District of Texas, Fondren is a patent and trademark resource center.