Fondren Library, located at the center of the academic quad, is a key center of learning in our educational community, providing access to scholarly information, research support, library instruction, and computing and study facilities. The library is the home of books and print materials, as well as a wide range of audio-visual media, sound recordings, and rare and unique collections of books, photographs, manuscripts, and maps.
The library also links users to a world of scholarly information available through licensed online databases and journals and a vast network of reciprocal borrowing agreements with libraries around the world. Just as importantly, the Libraries’ expert librarians and professional staff provide unparalleled research assistance and library services in person, over the phone, or online.
Access to materials for check out, online resources, and more from Fondren Library is available to Rice ID holders with a valid NetID.
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Almost all of the library's online resources are available to you from off-campus.
Just remember to link to resources from library web pages so you'll be recognized as a member of the Rice community. For example, if you try to access Nature magazine by going directly to www.nature.com from off-campus, you won't be able to access it. If you link to Nature from the library's electronic resources, you will be prompted to log in with your NetID and password for access to the resource.
Fondren strives to make the library accessible to all users.
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