Relax with Online Resources!

CDPRelaxing.400 (6)Shake off the stress of finals with a good book, a classic movie, or some relaxing music. Watch The Blob, Seven Samurai, or The League of Gentlemen. Kick back with Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s annotated Hamilton libretto. Listen to the folk music of Woody Guthrie, a classic Mozart symphony, or holiday music from more than a dozen countries around the world. Mason Libraries acquires these resources – and more (all free to use!) for research and enjoyment by current Mason faculty, students, and staff. Just login with your Mason NetID and password.

Recommended Reads is arecommendedreads400 collection of 800 recent fiction and non-fiction books. Housed in Gateway Library (Johnson Center), these titles received favorable reviews by National Public Radio, The New York Times, and other reputable sources. Recommended Reads have a three-week borrowing period; books may be renewed once. Browse the collection, check some out, and relax between the covers!

criterionCriterion Collection is a database of 300 of the most influential films of the 20th century, covering the history of cinema from early silent films to the end of the century. It features works from directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Albert Maysles, Francois Truffaut and Orson Welles.

musiconlineMusic Online:                                   Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Over 44,000 tracks of music, spoken word, and other sound from the Smithsonian archives and audio archives in Asia and Africa. Browse by musical instrument, geographical area, or cultural group. Includes folk, instrumental, protest, blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, and more. Free access for Mason faculty, students, and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.

For more information or to find other library resources to relax with, browse our Film & Media resources, Music & Performing Arts resources, search our catalog, or contact one of your subject specialists. Good luck with finals!

Plan Ahead – Submit ILL Requests Now

Many libraries across the country curtail their Interlibrary Loan services now through the winter holidays. Because this can limit your access to resources and may affect your research, we recommend submitting all of your ILLiad requests as soon as possible. Interlibrary Loan requests submitted to our office after December 2, 2016 may experience shipping delays through early January 2017.

Document Delivery books requested from any George Mason University library may also experience delays. Expect Document Delivery items to take 2 or more business days for delivery.

George Mason Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Office will be closed December 22, 2016 through January 4, 2017. Processing ILLiad requests will begin when the office opens on January 5, 2017.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Interlibrary Loan & Reserves Office at or 703-993-2228, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Mason Law School students, faculty and staff should use the Law Library services.

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De-stress at Gateway Library 12/8

Need to relax and refresh as you prepare for Finals? De-stress at Gateway Library on Thursday, December 8! Between 3 and 7 p.m., you can color, build Legos, and enjoy some refreshments. Join us!

For more information, please contact Allison O’Connor, Gateway Library,

Research Rescue!

ResearchRescue400On Monday, December 5, Off-campus Student Programs and Services is sponsoring Research Rescue. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fenwick Library Lobby, you can meet with Writing Center staff as well as Mason Libraries’ Research Services staff to get answers to last minute questions about final papers, research and prepping for Finals. Hot drinks and food will be offered, too!