Johnson Center 3rd Floor Library Book Access

Library books located on the 3rd floor of the Johnson Center (call numbers ML-Z) are temporarily unavailable due to the roof construction work. Access to other Mason Libraries collections is not affected.

If you need the print version of a 3rd floor Johnson Center library book, use Interlibrary Loan to request it. Mason Libraries’ e-books can be located through inPrimo and the catalog. The Johnson Center roof project is expected to be completed in October.

For more information, please contact Gateway Library Service Desk, 703-993-9060, or email fencirc at

Fall Course Reserves

The Fenwick Library Addition is anticipated to open in late January 2016. Library materials will start to be moved into new library space by late October. This massive project will affect all areas and items in the existing Fenwick Library. Faculty should plan ahead for fall course reserve needs and place Fall Semester 2015 reserve requests now.

For more information, please contact Laura Ramos, lramos8, 703-933-3493.

Exploring Suburbia

scasuburbia400.2015Suburbs are residential or mixed-use areas, either existing as outlying parts of cities or urban areas or as separate residential communities within commuting distance of a city.
Suburbs first developed on a large scale in the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of improved rail and road infrastructure. With the advent of the suburb, commuting took root –  traveling by a mode of transport (train, trolley, automobile, boat, etc.) to and from a place of employment. In general, suburbs have lower population densities than inner city neighborhoods, and most of their residents commute to cities.
Exploring Suburbia: Housing and Transportation features materials housed in Special Collections & Archives. The exhibition looks at four areas with regard to the rise of suburbia: the effects of advances in transportation; federal government support of suburbs; standardization of construction and materials, and the backlash against the suburban model of stripping the land and building identical houses all in rows. The exhibit is now on display in Fenwick Library, Floor 2, Wing A.