Friends of Fondren Library - FOFL

Seeks to heighten community and alumni interest in Fondren Library and to support academic programs at Rice University by funding library collections and facilities.

Library Endowment Funds

Donations of $100,000 or more can be named endowments, in support of specific collections and Library facilities. Income from these named funds helps buy materials in general areas designated either by the donor or by Fondren Library. In each volume acquired with the revenue from the endowments, a bookplate identifies the endowment.


Leisure reading for the holidays - borrow a book before you leave

Looking for a great book to read or listen to over the holidays? Check out Fondren's excellent collection of contemporary literature. The links below will take you our catalog to find something to enjoy during the winter break.

Friends of Fondren Fiction

Leisure Books

Leisure Audio Books

Friends of Fondren Hospitality Tent - Nov. 14 - 12pm


Friends of Fondren Library Event - October 27 - 6:30pm


The Books That Shaped My World

Dr. Sarah Whiting, Dean of the School of Architecture and William Ward Watkins Professor of Architecture, will be the featured speaker for the April presentation of The Books That Shaped My World.  Dean Whiting will discuss the books that influenced or had special meaning in her life.  A reception will follow the presentation.

Reception to Honor Rice Authors, Editors, Artists & Composers

This annual event and reception, sponsored by the Friends of Fondren Library, honors Rice faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Friends of Fondren Library who authored a book, edited a journal, composed a major musical work or mounted a one-person art show in calendar year 2015. A panel discussion with selected honorees and a question and answer session will follow the presentation. Join us in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of our Rice family!