Reference - REF

Provides research assistance and instruction in the use of library resources.

Fondren 101 - Learn the Library

Learn your way around with Fondren 101. It’s a tour, followed by a short class to show you where to go and how to look in the library. It’s your Fondren Library orientation. 

Classes will meet in the Quad (East) entrance area of Fondren Library. Each session, including tour and classroom time, will last about 50 minutes.

Access the Houston Post Historical Archive

Fondren Library recently purchased the Houston Post Historical Archive.  Our purchase is being used as seed money to finance the digitization of the Houston Post.   The digitization process has started and we now have access to portions of the newspaper from 1886 - 1944.  The digitization is ongoing so keep on checking back for more years.

To access the Houston Post Historical Archive, use the following link:


Oxford Bibliographies Online - Several Subject Areas

Every Oxford Bibliographies article gives expert overviews and lists of handpicked, annotated sources for further study. This resource is one of the best ways to efficiently get an expert’s perspective on the scholarly literature around a subject.


Fondren currently provides access to the following Oxford Bibliographies modules, constituting hundreds of bibliographic articles:


African Studies


American Literature



Art History


Atlantic History


British and Irish Literature






Environmental Science


Evolutionary Biology




Latin American Studies


Medieval Studies






Political Science






And currently on trial: Management!


Cherry Reading Series - Chang and Collier

Cherry Reading Series - Chang and Collier


Cherry Reading Series - Karen Thompson Walker, Mar. 4

Cherry Reading Series - Karen Thompson Walker, Mar. 4

Cherry Reading Series with Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017.  Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division  and a collection of essays,  How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir. Heavy, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal in Nonfiction, and finalist for the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction, and was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the New York Times. Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, McSweeneys, New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, The Best American Series, Ebony, Travel and Leisure, Paris Review, Guernica and more.