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Welcome to the George Mason University Libraries! The libraries have a lot to offer you during your time at Mason--from databases and research help, to printing and study rooms. This guide will help you get started by:

  • Identifying key library resources and services to help you during your time at Mason.
  • Answering questions you might have about the library's spaces, hours, and policies.
  • Showing you where and how to get library and research help. 


                     Fenwick Library                                                     Mercer Library                                          Mason Square Campus Library

George Mason University has three librariesone for each campus. Fenwick Library on the Fairfax Campus holds most of the university's physical research collections. Mason Square Library, located on the second floor of Van Metre Hall on the Mason Square Campus,holds the collections for the graduate programs in SSPG, SCAR, and Arts Management. Mercer Library, located on the Science and Technology Campus in Manassas, specializes in Health and Fitness, Tourism, Biodefense, Bioinformatics, and Computer Science. The Law School also has its own Law Library, though some resources are specifically reserved for law school students. If you have any questions about hours or services, please contact each library directly!

Library Resources & Services

Here are just a few of the most helpful services available to Mason students. For up-to-date information about fall 2020 or spring 2021 resources and services, please check our COVID-19 and Library FAQ pages.

Databases & Journals: As a Mason student, you have access to thousands of library databases and journals. These resources contain up-to-date information you can use for your classes, assignments, jobs, and everyday life. For example, we have access to the New York Times and Rosetta Stone!

Workshops: The library hosts lots of workshops each semester, focused on various curricular and extracurricular topics. Come to our end-of-semester De-Stress event to relax before finals. Or come learn how to manage your citations, print a free research poster, or write a literature review. Check out our Workshops & Events Calendar to see what you might be interested in.

Research Assistance: Whether you're writing a short paper or a dissertation, we have subject specialists who can help!.To find your subject librarian, select the Subject Guide for your major/discipline; here, you can connect with your librarian via email or a research consultation! For help with a general subject (or if you don't yet have a major), fill out our Research Request Form

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Need something we don't have? No problem! Through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service, you can request books, book chapters, articles, and media to be delivered to your closest GMU library. You can also use our InterCampus Loan (ICL) service which delivers items from other GMU campus libraries, or our Consortium Loan Service (CLS) which delivers items from Washington Research Library Consortium partner schools in the area. 

Study Rooms: As a Mason student, you have access to a number of study rooms in the libraries, which can be reserved up to 4 hours a day on a first come, first served basis. Visit our Study Rooms page to make a reservation. (*Note: To promote physical distancing, group study rooms will be closed for the fall 2020 semester. Individual study rooms will be available for reservation.)

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