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Library Passport Program  

Information for Mason alums and the general public
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Located in suburban Washington, DC, the four George Mason University Libraries are used not only by Mason students, faculty, and staff, but also by other members of the community. If you are not affiliated with George Mason University, you may still have research needs that the University Libraries can serve. If you are a Mason alum, your academic work may be completed, but your information and research needs continue. In either case, as a Library Passport Program member, you can use George Mason University Libraries' resources to think, learn and succeed!


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Membership Fees

Mason Alumni/ae: $50.00/year
General Public: $150.00/year

Library Passport Membership forms are available at these Circulation Desks:

  • Arlington Campus Library: 703/993-8188
  • Johnson Center Library: 703/993-9060
  • Fenwick Library: 703/993-2240
  • Mercer Library/Prince William: 703/993-8340

Program Information

Mason alumni/ae and the general public may use Mason library collections and online sources in person at any Mason Library, but they may not borrow materials. For borrowing privileges, the Libraries offer the Library Passport Program. Through this program, Mason alumni/ae and members of the general public may borrow circulating books from the four Mason Libraries.

Library Passport: Circulation Privileges

    • Library card valid for one year.
    • Borrowing privileges at Fenwick, Johnson, Arlington, and Mercer Libraries (does not include Mason Law Library)
    • InterCampus materials delivery.
    • Three week loan period, with one three week online renewal.
    • Borrowers may have ten items checked out at one time.
    • Items may be recalled by the Libraries after three weeks OR may be recalled immediately if item is needed for Course Reserve use.
    • Borrowing privileges at the Mason Law Library,  Washington Research Library Consortium loans, and/or Interlibrary Loan services are not included in the George Mason University Library Passport Program.

    Library Passport: Online Resources Privileges

      • Access to online catalogs.
      • Library Passport patrons and members of the general public may access most of the Libraries' online resources (databases, e-books, e-journals, etc) onsite in any of the the four Mason Libraries. George Mason University Libraries' licensing agreements require that the Libraries restrict remote (off-campus) access to its online resources to current George Mason University faculty, staff, and students only.

      Library Passport: FAQs

      • As a Library Passport Program member, what materials may I borrow?  Library Passport patrons may borrow circulating books from Fenwick, Johnson Center, Arlington Campus and Mercer/Prince William Campus Libraries. Reference books, media, periodicals, government documents, microforms and items on Course Reserve may not be borrowed.
      • As a Library Passport Program member, may I access Mason Libraries online databases from my home or office?  The Libraries' electronic resources are governed by licenses limiting use to current George Mason University students, faculty, staff, and on-site users of George Mason University Libraries. Use of most of the electronic resources is permitted onsite in the University Libraries. Many public library systems provide remote access to online databases, e-journals and e-books.
      • As a Library Passport Program member, may I access/use the University’s wireless network while in a Mason Library? No, this is not available.
      • As a Library Passport Program member, may I access/use the Mason Law Library? The Mason Law Library is open to the general public for the purposes of conducting legal research and using the federal government depository collection only. For detailed information, please visit

      Library Passport: Additional Information

      • Library Passport Program patrons must provide a current photo ID and a Library Passport membership card to borrow items.
      • Patrons are responsible for payment of all financial obligations incurred (fines for overdue items, replacement costs for damaged or lost materials, etc.).
      • Library Passport membership cards are not transferable.
      • The Library Passport Program defines alumni as Mason degree holders.   Alumni status must be verified by library staff to qualify for reduced rates.

      Support the Libraries

      The George Mason University Libraries serve a large student population in a growing number of academic programs, as well as the research needs of our distinguished faculty. George Mason University Libraries are also often used by individuals not affiliated with the University. Given our convenient location in a densely populated suburban area, we are considered and are indeed used as a publicly accessible community resource serving Northern Virginia's research needs. Contributions from individual and corporate friends have, over the years, helped the Libraries strengthen our collections and improve library technologies and physical facilities.

      If you would like to further support the George Mason University Libraries through a monetary donation or gift of books or other library materials, visit the George Mason University Libraries website or call:

      • Gifts Coordinator: 703-993-3701
      • Director of Development: 703-993-8740

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      Fenwick Library
      Circulation Desk: 703/993-2240
      Book Renewals (voicemail): 703/993-2243
      Interlibrary Loan: 703/993-2228

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