Read… Study… Collaborate
The library offers spaces for comfortable reading and quiet study in a variety of settings, plus rooms for collaborative work. You can check out a variety of useful tools, from adapters and battery packs to umbrellas, or print your papers on the first floor.
Welcome to Fondren Library! This short video introduces you to Fondren’s spaces, departments and services. You’ll see places to study, record a podcast, check out books, and get expert help from library staff. Watch this quick tour, then keep reading for more information and links to library services.
Quiet Study Spaces
In most of the library, quiet conversations are okay. These maps show the areas where silence is expected.
Graduate students and faculty can reserve study spaces and lockers for a semester.
Check out the ultimate Fondren quiet space with panoramic views on the sixth floor. Rice ID-holders only.
Key Service Points
Staffed anytime the library is open, this desk near the West entrance is where you can check out books and media, pick up study room keys and books on reserve, and ask for general library help. They’ll even lend you an umbrella or a battery charger– see the Tools menu below, or check the complete list of services.
Visit the basement for help finding government information, including data sets, patents, trademarks, policies, regulations, reports, legislation, maps, and more. Also check here if you want to use the microform readers! See the full list of services.
This equipment and more is available for checkout from the Circulation Desk on the first floor.
Digital Media Commons (DMC) Tools
The DMC’s available tools include video cameras, tripods, projectors, microphones, tablets, Nikon and Canon cameras, power adapters, and more.
Black-and-white, color, and thesis-paper printers are located in the first floor lobby. For most purposes, use printers Fondren1 and Fondren2. For a full list of available printers, see here.
How to Print
Print from your student account in the Fondren computer lab on the first floor. For further information, see OIT’s Printing page.
There are several photocopiers throughout the library. Click here for locations and instructions for the library’s photocopy machines.