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.

2017 Friends of Fondren Library Gala Honoring The D. Kent and Linda Anderson Family


Join us for the Friends of Fondren Library's 37th annual gala dinner and auction honoring The D. Kent and Linda Anderson Family. Proceeds from this annual event are used to enhance library collections, resources and facilities.  Tables of 10 are available as well as individual tickets. To purchase a table or tickets, go to .  

The Books That Shaped My World - Dec. 12 at 6pm

New Date & Location 

The Books That Shaped My World with Doug Brinkley

Brinkley, who is a professor of history at Rice University and a fellow in history at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is a prolific writer who is perhaps best known as the author of four biographies, “Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years” (1992), “Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal,” with Townsend Hoopes (1992), “The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House” (1998) and “Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress” (2003), as well as the best-selling histories “The Boys of Pointe du Hoc; Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion” (2005), “Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War” (2004) and “Parish Priest: Father McGivney and American Catholicism” (2006).

Brinkley’s “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast” (2006) won the prestigious 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He edited “The Reagan Diaries,” which was released in 2007. And last year’s “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America” chronicles how the 26th president transformed his interest in the outdoors into edicts that preserved such sites as the Grand Canyon, Devil’s Tower and the Petrified Forest

Farnsworth Pavilion
Ley Student Center​

Limited seating; please visit to RSVP.

Event Chairs - Katherine Cabaniss and Jeff Ross

Limited Seating Please RSVP Here


Fondren Library Research Awards - Cash Prizes

Library Endowment Funds

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