Friends of Fondren Library


2024 Gala Honoring Karen and Larry George

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The Friends of Fondren Library (FoFL), founded in 1950, is dedicated to stimulating growth in library resources and facilities for the 21st century. The Friends seeks to heighten community and alumni interest in Fondren Library and to support academic programs at Rice University by funding library collections and facilities.

Our Services

  • FoFL is the library's card holding membership for which members receive Fondren Library borrowing privileges for a one year renewable term. 
  • FoFL provides resources to purchase materials and equipment for the library to improve the facility and develop the collection.
  • FoFL sponsors a gifts and memorials program that provides the library purchasing power beyond its university allocations. The library's gift program raises funds for the purchase of otherwise unattainable books, manuscripts, and CDs.
  • FoFL publicizes the library's resources and services through the News from Fondren. and the Friends' discontinued newsletter, The Flyleaf can be found in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive.
  • FoFL sponsors programs for the community such as lectures and a special reception honoring Rice authors, editors, artists, and composers.
  • FoFL organizes special fund raising events benefiting the library endowments and programs.
Contact Information


Phone: (713) 348-5157

Mailing Address:

Friends of Fondren Library MS-245
Rice University
PO Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Regular Office Hours (please call to make an appointment)

Weekday Time slot Comment
Sun: Closed
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Sat: Closed
Additional Information

You can renew your membership using our online membership form, and new memberships are available.