Mason Libraries welcomes new and returning students and faculty to the Spring 2021 semester! As our environment continues to look different this year, know we are here to support your scholarly endeavors and to help you succeed in your studies. The best place to find out about our current services and any updates are our FAQs page and our Services Updates page, which we update regularly.
What to expect this spring:
Expanded Online Resources & Virtual Services. The Libraries will continue to support the Mason community through expanded electronic resources and virtual services, including virtual workshops, instruction sessions, and research consultations. We will also continue our expanded hours for our virtual reference service.
Library Access: Access to any library location will be limited to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Signage will be posted to indicate the university’s Safe Return to Campus guidelines – such as physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and other protocols – and those who do not adhere to the university policies and guidelines may be asked to leave. Our hours have been updated for the spring semester and may change if needed.
Closed Stacks: Circulation requests should be made via your library account, and the stacks will be closed for browsing. If you encounter difficulty placing your request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for access to some collections (such as in our Special Collections Research Center) will be by appointment-only.
Study Spaces and Computers: To promote physical distancing and follow university guidelines, some tables, carrels, workstations, and chairs have been removed or marked out-of-use in each library. The number of people allowed in each library building will also be limited to allow for appropriate distancing. Some spaces and areas may also be closed. For example, group study rooms will be closed, while individual study rooms will be available for reservation.
Furniture: The furniture in each library location has been moved (or removed in some cases) and spaced to allow for appropriate distancing. Please help us all stay safe by not moving or rearranging the furniture.
Food and Drink: No food and beverages are allowed in library locations, with the exception of water in a closed container. Please help us maintain clean and safe spaces by not bringing in food or drink. Face coverings should be worn at all times, unless actively drinking.
Health & safety protocols:
- Wear face coverings.
- Observe physical-distancing rules.
- Follow hygiene guidelines.
- Take Return to Campus training.
- Complete your daily status check with Mason COVID Health?™.
- Alert the university if you have COVID-19, test positive for the illness, or are self-isolating while awaiting test results.
Current status information:
The Libraries will follow university and state guidelines. Our FAQs will be updated as needed. Responses are based on Mason’s Safe Return plan and current information. Responses and available services are subject to change.
General information on library services:
Mason Libraries provides free 24/7 access to thousands of online resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Visit library.gmu.edu to discover what the Libraries offer to support and enhance your learning, teaching, and research at Mason. Highlights include:
- More than 750 databases for research, teaching, learning – and relaxing! Explore the Libraries A-Z Database List to find journals, newspapers, books, music, media and more.
- Subject librarians provide focused expertise through personalized research assistance.
- Subject guides – great starting points for research.
- Special Collections Research Center
- Digital Scholarship Center
- Scholarly Productions @ the Research Commons
- Mason Publishing
- Teaching & Learning Services
- Virtual workshops
- and more!
A few updates on library subscriptions and services: