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Library Membership Benefits

Whether you are a Rice graduate, Rice faculty or staff member, friend or a lover of knowledge, the Friends of Fondren Library needs your support as a member to enhance the Fondren Library’s collections and fulfill its ongoing need for resources and services. Please join today!

 

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

Librarian’s Circle ($2500)

Librarian’s Circle members receive all of the privileges listed below plus:

  • Priority seating for the Friends of Fondren Library Annual Dinner
  • One guaranteed 3-hour session per month of individual training and assistance from GIS/Data Center and Digital Media Commons staff (appointment required)

The gift portion of this membership is $2500.

Library Fellow ($1000)

Library Fellow members receive all of the privileges listed below plus:

  • Preferred seating for the Friends of Fondren Library Annual Dinner
  • Eligibility for individual training and assistance from GIS/Data Center and Digital Media Commons staff (subject to availability, appointment required)

The gift portion of this membership is $1000.

Benefactor ($500)

Benefactor Members receive all of the privileges listed below plus:

  • Special seating for the Friends of Fondren Library Annual Dinner

The gift portion of this membership is $500.

Patron ($250)

Patron Members receive all of the privileges listed below plus:

  • Eligibility for short courses at the GIS/Data Center and Digital Media Commons (space permitting, registration required)
  • Up to four additional memberships for household members (must be ages 16-18 and live at home)
  • Use of dedicated study room twice in fall and twice in spring, plus 10 additional times June-August (on a first-come, first-served basis).  Reservations must be made at least 3 business days in advance through the Friends of Fondren Library executive director at mary.lowery@rice.edu.

The gift portion of this membership is $250.

Sponsor

Community Member, Nonprofit Staff*, or Non-Rice Student** ($100)
Rice Alumni ($75)
Rice Faculty, Staff, or Retiree ($50)***
Recent Rice Graduate - first 5 years after graduation ($25)

All Sponsor level members receive:

  • Advance notice of lectures, receptions, the annual gala and other special events
  • Unlimited use of the library's public computers for online research
  • News from Fondren, published twice a year
  • Annual library circulation privileges which allow a member to check out up to four books at a time for 28 days, renewable online for an additional 28 days
  • Privilege of using the Digital Media Commons' printer services - additional fees may apply
  • Eligibility for a library entrance card ($10 fee payable to RUPD)

Sponsor memberships are fully tax-deductible.

*Nonprofit staff members must call 713-348-5157 to join Friends of Fondren Library to guarantee eligibility for short courses and individual training and assistance at the GIS/Data Center and Digital Media Commons (subject to availability, registration or appointment required).

**Non-Rice students must present a valid student ID to be eligible for short courses and individual training and assistance at the GIS/Data Center and Digital Media Commons (subject to availability, registration or appointment required).

***Faculty and staff members also receive annual recognition on a faculty and staff plaque prominently displayed in the library and special recognition at the Friends’ Annual Rice University Authors, Editors, Composers and Artists event.