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Music Library Location

George Mason University Libraries house a small space for music collections and research on the 2nd Floor of Fenwick (2604). In this area, you will find all music books, scores, audio recordings, and media players. This area also has study tables and study rooms for music students, and is home to the office of the Music and Media Librarian.

Library Updates During COVID-19

Library stacks opening + HathiTrust ETAS program closing

The Libraries is re-opening the stacks for browsing and check-out, as of Monday, August 16. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the stacks have remained closed since March 2020, with items available for pick-up request via an individual’s library account or in e-format if available.

With the re-opening of the stacks, our extended emergency access with HathiTrust will come to a close. This temporary emergency agreement allowed for access to a number of items in our collection in e-format, as long as those physical items remained non-circulating. As these items will now be available for circulation in our open stacks, electronic access will no longer be available for certain titles.

The Libraries has extensive e-resources in the form of e-books and research databases which you can find via Mason Libraries Search. Additionally, as the Libraries is a member organization of the HathiTrust community, Mason students, faculty and staff have access to thousands of HathiTrust collections and items not contained in our own collections. Access is available by visiting HathiTrust, clicking on “Log in,” selecting “George Mason University” as the partner institution, and entering your Mason credentials.

For members of our community who prefer to continue to use our request and pick-up option instead of browsing the stacks in person, you are still able to request materials via your library account for pick up at our Access Services desks in each library location.

For more information, please see the Libraries' FAQ.

Begin Your Research

This Infoguide provides basic information on where to find different types of musical materials - click a tab on the left.

  • Find Reference Sources to provide context for your topic.

  • Find Books in Mason Libraries and elsewhere.

  • Find Articles with music-specific database indexes that point to articles and studies on your topic

  • Find Scores (and parts-sets) to study and perform, in print and online.

  • Find Recordings in the physical collection and from online streaming audio/video libraries.

  • Find Diverse Resources to discover musical literature and scholarship from people of different backgrounds and cultures.

  • Find Career Information to guide your post-college endeavors.

  • Write & Cite: learn about citation styles and Zotero software.

  • Get Help: chat with an online librarian or set up an individual appointment.

Music Metafinder

Mason Metafinder : MUSIC

This handy and quick engine searches ALL FOUR* of our principal music literature database indexes simultaneously.
(It discovers citations to journal articles, reviews, and books. It does not find recordings or scores.)
Type your term(s) in the textbox above and click the button.

*RILM, Music Periodical Database (formerly IIMP), Music Index, RIPM