The Fondren Library is located in the center of Rice University. Known by students and Houstonians as a great place to get away to study, read or enjoy the beautiful university campus. The library itself is in the center of campus and is surrounded by the Rice University running trail, which is a popular year round place with walkers and joggers. It is also close to the Houston Medical Center and Rice Village, a popular shopping destination. Rice University is colloquially known as the “Harvard of the South” with it’s competitive academic programs and world renowned staff of professors.