Visitor Information

COVID-19 Update:

We are open to all members of the community during Visitor Hours, and Rice ID holders during Rice ID hours.

Please see our Service Changes & Updates page with information about visiting the library building and current mask policies.

Fondren Library is not scheduling tours of high school groups during the Fall 2021 Semester.


Public Access


Borrowing privileges are available to members of the Friends of Fondren.

Contact Us

Please contact us with any questions.

Depository Library for United States Government Information

Staff at Kelley Center for both the Federal Depository Library Program and Patent and Trademark Resource Center are working remotely.

If you have related questions:

  • Email us
  • Call: 713-348-5483
  • You can also email us for Zoom reference, a research consultancy, or an instruction session.

24/7 Self-Help available:

For any other questions, please email us.

Alumni Access

Rice University alumni have access to the Rice Alumni Digital Library. For borrowing privileges, alumni can join Friends of Fondren. As alumni, they can do so for a reduced fee.

Friends of Fondren

At this time, all Friends of Fondren members receive:

  • Library circulation privileges
  • Advanced notice of lectures, receptions, the annual gala, and other special events.
  • News from Fondren published twice per year.

Local universities and museums

Those from local universities, museums and other institutions may have borrowing privileges at Fondren. Please consult our Community Borrowers table to see if you are eligible.

K-12 Classes and other groups

K-12 classes and other groups may request a tour of Fondren using this form. Read more about scheduling visits for high school groups.


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