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A Quick Tour of Fondren Library

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Welcome to Fondren library, home to a collection of many formats such as DVDs, music recordings, scores, microforms, and more than 2.5 million books. The east entrance, facing the quad, is only
open during visitor hours. The west entrance, facing Brochstein pavilion, is open to people with a Rice ID when the library is open. On the first floor, you’ll find the reference
desk where you can ask for help using the library, you will also find the Woodson research
center special collections and archives, plenty of computers and study space, and the circulation desk, which will be your contact for checking out library materials and reserving one of
the many fantastic study rooms. The south reading room is a beautiful space on the first floor where you can find comfortable study space, as well as DVDs, new books, and the leisure collection, which contains recent popular books and audiobooks. The basement houses many departments. Here
you’ll find the user experience lab, where research is done on how users interact with the library. Next door is the GIS & data center, which
provides you with access to geographic information system software, data resources, and map resources. You’ll also find the Kelley center for government
information, data and geospatial services, where you can get help with locating and using
government information, including patents and trademarks. Last, but not least, is the digital media
commons, also located in the basement. The DMC houses a video studio, an audio studio, and a computer lab with software for multimedia projects. The DMC is best known for its equipment
checkout service, where you can rent media equipment such as cameras, camcorders, audio
recorders, and more! You can also register for free workshops online! On the second floor, Fondren houses the center
for academic and professional communication, where you can get help with writing and presentation
skills. You’ll find the brown fine arts library
on the third floor. It contains an art and architecture collection with books, exhibition
catalogs, periodicals, film, photography, and more. It also holds a music collection
with music scores, periodicals, and books on music. The third and fourth floors both have many
personal and group study tables, as well as several reservable study rooms. The sixth floor is a quiet space that requires
a Rice ID to enter. Whether you’re looking for academic assistance
or just a comfortable place to study, Fondren is an invaluable resource on campus to take
advantage of. Visit library.rice.edu to find out more information. We hope to see you soon!

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