Business Information Center

Business Information Center

Beginning August 24, 2020 the business library will be open exclusively to Rice faculty, students and staff with an active Rice ID during our fall 2020 semester.

BIC staff will work remotely Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm starting November 25, 2020.

We will not be available on these dates due to holidays:
November 26 - 27
December 23 – January 4

BIC will reopen January 25, 2021


Business Information Center, Room 200, McNair Hall, Loop Road Houston, TX 77005
For assistance, please email

The Business Information Center (BIC) is the business library serving Rice Business and the wider Rice community. Get all your information needs met, from books and journals to business databases by company or industry.

The Gilbert & Ruth Whitaker Business Information Center (BIC) is located on the second floor of McNair Hall. It includes a large reading room, an online resource room, and an additional study space containing reference materials and journals. The BIC is named in honor of Jones School's fourth dean, Gilbert R. Whitaker and his wife, Ruth. The Whitakers were instrumental in the planning and development of this space.

Although features from several architectural styles are used, the design of the library was 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.

Resources for Students

Access to these resources require users to login with their Rice NetID and password that is provided once enrolled.

Fondren Library | Fondren Library Catalog

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

Databases: Articles | Company/Industry | Investment | Information Technology (IT) | Marketing | Research Guides






Research Guides  


Meet the Team

Peggy Shaw
Director, Business Information Resources, Business Information Center