Contactless Pickup/Return at Mercer + Fenwick Libraries

Through August 21, Mason Libraries will begin contactless pickup and return at Mercer Library on the Science and Technology campus. Fenwick Library is also offering contactless pickup and return of library items.

Starting Monday, August 10th, and continuing through Friday, August 21, a pickup/return location in the Colgan Hall lobby will be open (for pickup and return only) during the following days and times:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To checkout materials, log into your library account ( and place your request. Library staff will pull the requested materials and send an email when your requests are ready to be picked up. If you locate something you need, and it can’t be requested, please email for assistance.

When you arrive at Colgan Hall, call 703-993-8342 to let us know you are there and provide your name and G-Number. A library staff member will check out your materials and then bring them to the designated pickup location in the Colgan Hall lobby. Please wait until the staff member has returned inside the library to pick up your materials.

Returns will be accepted via a return bin at the pickup/return location during the hours listed. You do not need to call ahead to return books there.

Please note, Mercer Library will remain closed until August 24th. Only the lobby of Colgan Hall will be open for contactless pickup and return. The library is not currently open for study, gathering, or other use.

The contactless pickup/return will remain an option for patrons through the remainder of the Fall 2020 semester, and patrons are encouraged to make use of this service after the library opens on August 24th.

Per the university’s Safe Return to Campus guidelines (, all visitors must wear a mask and follow the appropriate safety guidelines when entering any George Mason University building, including lobby areas and for contactless return or pickup.

Gateway Library Closure

In response to broader university space needs, library space in the Johnson Center has been reallocated for other purposes. During the last two years, the Gateway Library in that building gradually and significantly diminished in space, physical collections, and staffing. After twenty-five years, starting with the fall 2020 semester, the University Libraries will no longer have a physical presence in the Johnson Center.

The undergraduate learning and research support services, media collection, course reserves, and other programs that operated out of Gateway Library have gradually relocated over the 2019-20 academic year to Fenwick Library. Over the summer, all of the staff of the Libraries’ Teaching and Learning unit were also relocated to Fenwick Library. All former Gateway Library programs and services now operate from the central library location. 

Questions? Please contact the University Libraries.

Course Reserves Update for Fall 2020

Due to safety concerns during COVID-19 and to ensure accessibility for both our on-campus and online learners, Course Reserves will be an electronic-only service for Fall 2020. Physical materials on course reserve will not be circulating from the Libraries’ information desks. Students that may need a selection from a physical item on reserve may request to have that section scanned and made digitally-available for controlled-student access via Interlibrary Loan. Faculty may request materials be made available digitally for controlled-student access via Course Reserves. All scanning services are subject to copyright limitations. Copyright permission will be sought where feasible in cases where the excerpt falls outside of fair use guidelines.