Extended: library books available through HathiTrust

As announced earlier this year, thanks to a cooperative agreement between University Libraries and the HathiTrust, Mason students, faculty and staff (and only one or more of those particular statuses) have online access to over a million titles from our library’s collection even as access to the stacks has been cut off due to COVID-19 concerns. This virtual access to our collection has been extended as the pandemic continues. We will update the Mason community if the situation or access options change. To access a digital scan of a book from Mason’s collection:
  • Begin a search in the library’s catalog
  • As you look through your results, books that offer a scanned copy of the text will be marked as shown by the red arrow in this illustration:
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  • To view the scanned copy, click that link then make sure you sign in at the HathiTrust website (you will be authenticating via your Mason network credentials).  If you don’t sign in, you will not be able to view the text as the HathiTrust site will not know of your Mason affiliation.
You may request contact-less pickup of titles that are not available via the HathiTrust program. To maintain compliance with the rules surrounding this agreement and to preserve access to our collection for the majority of our physically-distant users we are not able to circulate the physical copy of a book owned by Mason if it is also available via this HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).  

Open Access Day – October 14

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On Tuesday, October 14, University Libraries will mark International Open Access Day by focusing on the unrestricted sharing of scholarly data and publications for the advancement and enjoyment of all.

Open Access literature is digital, online, free of cost and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Representatives from the Copyright Resources Office, Mason Archival Repository Service, and University Dissertation and Thesis Services will staff a table from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Johnson Center North Plaza (rain site Johnson Center Atrium) to answer questions and distribute information on the Right to Research initiative, publishing in refereed open-access journals and depositing works in the university’s digital repository.

Information about Students for Free Culture, an international student organization that promotes creativity, free expression, public access to knowledge and citizen’s civil liberties, will also be distributed.

Open Access Day

The Early Vogue Covers


A new exhibit, “The Early Vogue Covers: A Study in Abstract Illustration” is currently on view in Fenwick Library, along the second floor bridge.

The covers are drawn from the Early 20th Century Women’s Magazines collection housed in Special Collections and Archives.

The exhibit is curated by Mona Heath and Debra Hogan. This beautiful collection was bequeathed to George Mason University by the estate of Jane Nierling.

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New Voices in Public Policy launches

Mason Libraries Digital Press is pleased to announce the launch of New Voices in Public Policy.
newvoices.jpg New Voices in Public Policy is a student-run journal published by the GMU Graduate School of Public Policy (SPP). It is student- and faculty-reviewed, and features outstanding work by the students in all SPP degree programs. It provides a forum for insightful analyses, new approaches to significant policy questions, and the best examples of student writing from the school’s diverse programs.