Accessibility Services

Service Description

Fondren strives to make the library accessible to all its users. To access these services or for more information about any service, please contact Circulation at 713-348-4021 or

Services We Provide

  • retrieving items from the stacks for those with limited vision or limited mobility
  • wheelchair for use in the library (check at Circulation)
  • making digital or paper copies of documents for those with visual impairments (in collaboration with the Disability Resource Center). For assistance in copying library materials, ask at Circulation. For requesting interlibrary loan materials, please either note the accessibility issue on the ILLIAD request form to clarify the preferred format, or contact Document Delivery (ILL) directly at 713-348-2284
  • proxy borrowing if making a trip to the library is challenging
  • extended loan periods for those with identified needs
  • reference assistance, individual instruction, or individual tours please email .
  • Accessibility LibGuide

Adaptive Technology Lab - Room 108

  • Limited access, key available at the Circulation Desk for Rice students 
  • For inquires and equipment training, contact the DRC Office at 713-348-5841 or e-mail
  • TTY: dial 711 or 800-735-2988 to be connected through a relay operator
  • Equipment Includes: 
    • JAWS screen reading software 
    • Kurzweil 3000 scan and read system for persons with learning disabilities  
    • ZoomText software for screen magnification
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking 
    • Book Magnifier
    • Printer 

Accessible Features of Fondren

  • entrances
  • elevators
  • restrooms (basement, 1st, 2nd, & 6th floors)
  • all gender restroom on 1st floor near room 156 and also on the sixth floor
  • study areas
  • stacks (basement and 1st floor with access for small wheel chairs on 2nd floor)
  • computers and desks
  • drinking fountains
  • magnifying sheets at public service points
  • strobe/audible fire alarms