Services

Assistance

Accessibility Services
Fondren strives to make the library accessible to all its users. Check out our services.
Custom Map Design
The GDC can create custom map designs for classroom learning or for use in publication.
DMC Assistance
The Digital Media Commons offers individual and work assistance by appointment.
Donor & Community Consultations
Woodson Research Center provides expert advice on personal archiving, donating or selling items, donating A/V materials or appraising collections.
Faculty Assistance
Fondren Library provides instructional and research services for Rice Faculty.
GIS Assistance
The GIS/Data Center offers individual assistance by appointment.
GIS Consulting
The GDC can consult on your mapping project.
Off-Campus Access to Online Resources
Trying to access online resources while off-campus? You will be required to sign into the library's EZproxy service.
Preservation Services
Fondren does not provide preservation services to the public, but are some resources for taking care of your own private collection.
Scanning & Copying WRC Materials
Woodson Research Center can assist patrons with scanning items from the archives, rare book or manuscript collections.
Student Assistance
Fondren Library is here to help Rice Graduate and Undergraduate Students with their research.
Woodson Research Assistance
Woodson Research Center staff provide research assistance in accessing our primary source materials (university archives and manuscript collections) and rare books.

Borrowing

Alumni Services
Rice Alumni have access to selected Fondren Library resources through an agreement with the Association of Rice Alumni.
Borrowing Equipment
Fondren Library has a variety of equipment for checkout or use while in the building.
Borrowing Materials
Understand your borrowing responsibilities, loan periods and associated fines with a Rice ID.
Community Borrowers
Even if you're not affiliated with Rice University directly, you might be able to borrow items from Fondren Library. See if you're eligible...
Course Reserves
Library books, articles, videos and other materials placed on hold for a university course at Fondren Library.
Document Delivery
Rice Faculty and Senior University Administrators can get journal articles and books pulled from the stacks and put on hold.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
When an item you need is not owned by Fondren Library, or is unavailable, you may request to borrow the item from another library.
Library Membership Benefits
Not affiliated with Rice? Get borrowing privileges by joining the Friends of Fondren Library.
Recall, Renew & Return Items
Want a book that's currently checked out? Did you receive an email that an item you have is recalled? Here's what to do...
Reserve, Check out, and Return DMC Equipment
DMC has over 180 pieces of equipment available for checkout to Rice ID Holders.

Collections

Leisure Reading & Audio Books
Entertaining contemporary fiction and non-fiction books compliment Fondren's large collection of research materials.
Manuscript Collection
There are more than 600 manuscript collections in the Woodson Research Center that focus on the history of Texas and the Greater Houston area, politics, entrepreneurship, oil and gas, architecture, women’s history, and fine and performing arts.
Microforms
Located in the basement of Fondren Library, the Kelley Center houses over 200 major microform collections
Rare Books
The Woodson Research Center contains more than 36,000 volumes including a number of named collections.
Retired Faculty Services
Retired faculty may be able to access select electronic resources from off-campus.
Rice University Archives
The William Ward Watkin and Annie Ray Watkin University Archives contain the historical records of Rice University.
Rice University's Archived Websites - Archive-IT
Access dozens of Rice University's websites from the past. The Archive-IT service automatically archives past versions of campus websites.
Subject Specialists
Librarian specialists, who serve as liaisons to each academic department on campus, are available by e-mail, phone or appointment to assist you.

Research

Deposit Your Work
Share Your Work through the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive
Fondren Library Publishing Services
Publishing services at Fondren Library align with the library’s efforts to deepen the impact and visibility of Rice research.
Rice Digital Scholarship Archive Policies and Procedures
Rice Digital Scholarship Archive Policies and Procedures
Sharing Data
Data Repositories
Sharing Research Data via the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive
The Rice Digital Scholarship Archive will host data associated with Rice research projects.

Spaces

Baby Changing Station
Fondren has a unisex bathroom with a changing table for your baby.
Digital Curation Lab
The Digital Curation Lab is a collaborative workspace for digitization, digital curation, and data management projects.
Mothers' Room
A quiet room for nursing mothers for pumping and/or nursing.
Print and Scan
Fondren Library has printers and scanners available for all users.
Study Carrels & Lockers
Fondren offers reserved, personal study spaces in the library with convenient locations, ideal for heavy research.
Study Room Reservations
Fondren Library has over 40 private study rooms available for checkout to Rice ID Holders.

Training & Education

Data @ Rice Workshop Series
Learn beginning to advanced data skills at one of our Data @ Rice workshops.
Departmental and Teaching Support Consultations
Woodson staff members are available to discuss primary source materials held in the various collections of university archives and manuscripts for purposes of departmental historical research and teaching instruction.
Library Instruction
Fondren Library provides learning opportunities in many areas, from searching the research literature to creating multimedia presentations, using data, archival research and more.
Self-Directed GIS Training
Learn GIS software at your convenience.