Arlington Graduate Writing Group 12/4/15

Arlington Campus Library is hosting a trial session of a graduate writing group on Friday, December 4, 9:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. Modeled on the popular Friday writing group on the Fairfax Campus, the Arlington Graduate Writing Group is designed for all Mason PhD and Masters students from all disciplines who seek group accountability as well as a quiet space to write. Students should bring their coffee, laptop, a set of goals, and a commitment to arrive on time and stay for the entire session. The group will begin with a short conversation about goals, and end with a short wrap-up on accomplishments. The remaining time is dedicated to writing. Learn more about it!

By registering for this event, you are committing to:

  • Arrive on time at 9:30 a.m. and to stay for the session’s duration until 1:00 p.m.
  • Turn off access to Facebook, online games, and other computer/online-based distractions during writing time
  • Minimize phone distractions by limiting texting and phone calls to scheduled break times
  • Contribute to a supportive writing community among fellow participants
  • Register Now!

Helen McManus, Public Policy, Government & International Affairs Librarian, will coordinate the December session. The library is planning to hold a weekly Arlington writing group beginning in January 2016.


Thanksgiving Hours

Happy Thanksgiving, Mason Nation! Mason Libraries Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Wednesday, November 25

  • Fenwick Library  8:00 a.m. to NOON
  • Gateway Library 8:00 a.m. to NOON
  • Mercer Library    8:00 a.m. to NOON
  • Arlington Campus Library 9:00 a.m. to NOON

Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving Holiday

  • All Mason Libraries CLOSED

Friday, November 27, Thanksgiving Holiday

  • All Mason Libraries CLOSED

Mason Libraries Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

11/16: Fenwick Library on the Move!

fenwickmovesmallOn November 16, 2015, University Libraries starts the move of more than one million books and bound journals, current periodicals, microforms, special collections and archives, government publications, various equipment, and nearly 100 library staff into the new Fenwick Library facility. Comprised of the newly constructed space and existing wings B and C, almost everything in the current library will be relocated to the new Fenwick Library. The original Fenwick building (Wing A, where the main service desk, reference books, public workstations, periodicals/microforms are now located) is not part of the new library. With the massive amount of items involved, it is anticipated that the move will not be entirely completed until February 2016. Keep up to date with what’s happening where and when with the Fenwick move at You can also follow on twitter @fenrefstaff  #FenwickOnTheMove


Jan Morris Collection Exhibition

Special Collections & Archives presents Excerpts from a Life Well Traveled: The University Libraries’ Jan Morris Collection. The current exhibition combines images with excerpts from selected works in the collection.

George Mason University Libraries acquired a collection of rare Jan Morris first editions and pre-release review copies in 2010. The collection consists of 135 books and one rare signed poster from the 1940s.  Born James Morris in 1926 in Somerset England, Morris underwent gender re-assignment surgery in 1972. In her highly personal work Conundrum: From James to Jan – An Extraordinary Personal Narrative of Transsexualism, Morris describes her life and sexual reassignment. Morris began as a newspaper writer, working on the editorial staff of The Guardian from 1957 to 1962 and was the first journalist to report the conquest of Mount Everest.

Destinations (1980) is a collection of Jan Morris travel essays for Rolling Stone Magazine.

Morris also served in the military, was married, and has 5 children. One of her children is Twm Morris, the musician and poet. Her most famous work is arguably the Pax Britannica trilogy, a history of the British Empire. She is also widely acclaimed for her travel writing, which includes famous profiles of Oxford, Venice, Wales, Hong Kong, and New York City. The collection is the generous gift of Philip M. Teigen. Teigen also donated a substantial collection of rare John Richard Green volumes to the Libraries in 2008. Teigen’s interest in collecting Morris’ works stems from his development of the John Richard Green Collection. He wrote in a letter to the Libraries that he views Morris as Green’s “20th century intellectual heir.”