Mason Libraries’ books available through HathiTrust

Thanks to a cooperative agreement between University Libraries and the HathiTrust, Mason students, faculty and staff now have online access to hundreds of thousands of books from our libraries’ stacks.

To access a digital version of a book from Mason’s collection:

  • Sign in to the HathiTrust
    • Select George Mason University from the drop down list
    • Login with your Mason NetID and password
    • Search for the title(s) you are interested in reading
  • For those books where Mason also owns a copy of the title and HathiTrust offers a scanned version of the contents, a “Temporary Access” link will appear.  Click that link and you can “check out” the title for online viewing during a one hour “exclusive access” period (renewable under certain conditions).  Full details on this emergency temporary access service (ETAS) are available at  

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2020-21 Fenwick Fellowship Deadline June 1

Dean of Libraries and University Librarian John Zenelis has announced that University Libraries is now accepting applications for this year’s Fenwick Fellow competition. The Fellowship is awarded annually to eligible Mason faculty members to support a research project that uses and enhances the Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field. View list of past recipients and their research projects.

Up to two Fellowships of $5,000 each may be awarded; expanded program guidelines include funding for an additional fellowship for a project proposal that specifically aligns with the Libraries’ initiatives in the area of digital scholarship.

Application period is Monday, March 23 through Monday, June 1, 2020. The awardee(s) will be announced at the start of the Fall academic term. University Libraries sponsor a public lecture by the  Fenwick Fellow(s) in the Spring term following the completed fellowship.

Guidelines and information are available at

Gerber to receive 2020 Distinguished Library Faculty Award

Steve Gerber, Music, Theater and Philosophy Librarian, has been selected for the 2020 Distinguished Library Faculty Award. For the fifteen years Steve has been with Mason’s libraries, he has distinguished himself through his work within the University Libraries, his scholarly and professional contributions to librarianship alongside the discipline of music, his strong record of teaching graduate and undergraduate students as well as his creative output. Steve will be recognized for this outstanding achievement at  Mason’s  annual Celebration of Teaching event, to be held in fall 2020.