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Book the Rice Library

Private Study Space

Group study rooms and private study carrels are available only with a reservation. You can select the start time you wish for your reservation and book up to 2 hours at once by changing the end time in the dropdown. 

If you visit the library, you must follow all campus safety guidelines. Face coverings are required while indoors on the USI campus, regardless of vaccination status. Physical distancing of 3 feet or more is also required.

Get Help

Meet with a Librarian online via Teams. No need to come into the Rice Library building - you can access Teams online from anywhere with an Internet connection or through your phone.

Accessing Physical Material

The Rice Library collection stacks are open, but items held in the library collections or borrowed through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) are also available for checkout through curbside pickup or by placing a hold using the "Request" button through the library catalog. Users must make an appointment for curbside pickup, but library holds may be picked up during any hours of operation. Users will receive email confirmation when holds are ready for pickup.

USI faculty and staff also have the option to request and receive items through CampusExpress. In addition to the automated request for ILL and General Collection items in fUSIon, faculty and staff can use the curbside pickup form to request media and other items be delivered to their campus office. Please note that you would prefer CampusExpress delivery on the Questions and Comment field on the request form.

Access to the Archives and Special Collections will only be by appointment, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm.