Gilbert & Ruth Whitaker Business Information Center

Designed by noted architect Robert A. M. Stern, the Business Information Center provides about three times the space of the previous library in Herring Hall. The library occupies portions of the second and fourth floors on the southeast side of McNair Hall. It includes a room for reference materials and journals, a separate room for the circulating collection, and a large reading room overlooking Jamail Plaza and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Also provided are several group study rooms, carrels and an online resource rooms.

Although features from several architectural styles are used, the design of the library is heavily influenced by the late nineteenth-century arts and crafts movement. Elements of this movement are evident in many of the furnishings particularly the enormous glass and metal light fixtures illuminating the reading room. During the lengthy planning stages of the Jones School building project there evolved not only a comfortable and spacious study environment, but also ample growth space to meet the demands of the school.

General Information

  Phone Number:   (713) 348-6062  
  Reference Email: 
  Library Hours:     
  Regular Hours
  Monday-Thursday   8:00am - 9:30pm
  Friday   8:00am - 6:00pm
  Saturday   9:00am - 6:00pm
  Sunday   12:00pm - 9:30pm
  Holiday/Summer Hours
  Monday—Friday   8:30am - 5:00pm
  Saturday—Sunday   Closed
  May Hours
  Monday—Friday   8:30am - 6:30pm
  Saturday—Sunday   Closed
  The business library observes the University’s stated holidays:
  Labor Day   (4th Monday in September)
  Thanksgiving Day   (4th Thursday in November)
  Christmas Day   (December 25th)
  New Years Day   (January 1st)
  Martin Luther King Day   (3rd Monday in January)
  Memorial Day   (Last Monday in May)
  Independence Day   (July 4th)
  Winter and Spring break hours will be posted one week prior to the break.



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Circulation Policies

Borrowing Privileges
Rice University student, faculty, staff and courtesy borrowers who have current identification cards may borrow books. A current Rice University I.D. or courtesy card is required for all borrowing transactions.

Loan Periods 

  Category   Loan Period

  Undergraduate and Graduate Students   28 days
  Faculty   1 due date; May 1str
  Rice Staff   Semester
  Approved Community Borrowers   28 days
Books that are not yet overdue, have not been requested by another borrower, or reached the renewal limit may be renewed online.
  Overdue Books and Fines – Rice faculty, students & staff
  Books   25 cents/day
  Reserves   $1.20/hr
  Recalled materials   $1.00/day
  Overdue Books & Fines - Approved Community Borrowers
  Books   $1.00/day
  Recalls   $1.00/day

Lost & Damaged Materials

  • Material lost by a borrower is billed for its replacement value, plus a nonrefundable processing fee.
  • Materials damaged while charged to a borrower are billed at the cost of repair or replacement.
  • All lost or damaged materials remain the property of Fondren Library.

Only authorized borrowers may place recalls. A book may be recalled from another borrower after it has been on loan for a minimum of two weeks. Recalled item due dates will automatically change to precede the original due dates. Books needed for reserve are recalled immediately.


Journals - fulltext journals

Rice libraries provide access to a large number and variety of online journals. The scope of the collection is broad with excellent coverage in art, business, economics, engineering, literature, music, natural sciences and social sciences.

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Faculty Services & Research
The BIC staff are ready to help you in person (room 200 McNair Hall) or via email (

Classroom Help:

  • Reserves: Bring books, articles, and other items to Elise McCutchen. We try to have a 24 hr turnaround time for reserves
  • Class Instruction: The BIC staff can come to your class and present a brief introduction to relevant resources. If there is not class time available, we can tailor a resource guide for a specific project.

Research Help:

  • InterLibrary Loan (ILLiad): Set up your ILLiad account via Fondren Library’s home page. Make sure you check the box for Faculty which will automatically sign you up for FondrenExpress.
  • FondrenExpress: Part of the ILL system at Rice, articles and books not held in BIC or online will be obtained and brought to the BIC.
  • Databases: The library subscribes to databases and other data sources to support faculty such as ABI/INFORM, Business Source Complete, Factiva, Investext and Mergent Online.
  • Faculty Research Databases: Jones School subscribes to certain databases that are primarily used for faculty research.  
    • SSRN (apply of account)
    • SDC
    • Datastream
    • WRDS (apply for account)
    • Compustat
    • CRSP
    • I/B/E/S
    • ISS
    • NYSE/TAQ
    • OptionMetrics

Contact Information

  Phone Number:   (713) 348-6062  
  Reference Email: 

Peggy Shaw BIC ContactPeggy Shaw
Business Librarian
2005 Fondren Library Shapiro Award Winner
  Bill Coxsey BIC ContactBill Coxsey
Senior Library Associate
Elise McCutchenElise McCutchen
Library Associate

  Bobbie FovalBobbie Foval
Library Associate II

Database Trial

Mergent Intellect