Welcome to Mason Libraries!

Did you miss the Fenwick Library open house last week? Don’t worry, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the Mason Libraries and our resources! Check out our workshops and events calendar for more opportunities. In addition, we have a number of online resource guides to help you start that important research project you have coming up.

Mason Libraries offers free 24/7 online access to electronic resources for Mason faculty, students and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password. Check out our step-by-step guide to e-resource databases, e-books, e-journals, media, and more. To explore our 775+ database subscriptions, start with the A-Z database list.

More information about the libraries’ collections are available online (including our special collections), as well as subject guides (a great starting point for research) and contact information for our subject librarians (subject experts who can provide personalized research assistance).

Need to know where everything is in Fenwick Library? Check out our online tour guide. Not sure where a certain book might be located? Enter the call number and find it on this map of the Fenwick stacks. Looking for an item at one of our other campus locations? Click here for more information. Looking for open educational resources? Check out our OER Metafinder. Need help with a digital research project? Visit our Digital Scholarship Center. Can’t find something you need at Mason? Use interlibrary loan to borrow materials from other academic institutions.

We’re here to help – come visit! Our hours are posted and updated regularly, including virtual reference hours if you have questions but are unable to stop by. We also host numerous instructional workshops and cultural events throughout the semester. Check our website and news blog for announcements.

We look forward to working with you and helping you succeed in your academic and professional careers!

New library services platform now live!

The new Mason Libraries Search is now live! Mason Libraries Search allows you to search hundreds of millions of items simultaneously from the following:

MasonCatalog

  • The books, e-books and media we’ve always had in our catalog
  • Mason’s digital collections in MARS and LUNA
  • Mason’s Electronic Dissertations and Theses

MasonCatalog + Articles and More (includes all the above and adds…)

  • Research databases and E-Journal collections like ERIC, MEDLINE, JSTOR and many others.
  • Legal, governmental and archival materials

WRLC Members (includes Mason and adds)

  • Library catalogs of all members of the Washington Research Library Consortium

Using Mason Libraries Search

Mason Libraries Search retrieves items that satisfy your search terms from the collections of Mason’s libraries, from individual publishers and from open-access scholarly repositories. You may also expand your search results to include items where immediate access is not possible by using the “Expand My Results” option on the search results page. For more in-depth research, you’ll also want to consult our Database Portal to search content that isn’t necessarily included within Libraries Search.

You can access items held by other institutions via our Interlibrary Loan Service, or in-person visits to Washington Research Library Consortium member libraries.

Earth Day & Environmental Resources

For Earth Day, check out online resources at the Mason Libraries! Interested in up to date information on environmental issues like climate change, air quality, deforestation, endangered species, or more?

Start with our Sustainable Goals and Climate Change Infoguides. These will help you identify background information, relevant articles and books, and reputable news sources. Want to dig a little deeper? Check out ScienceCinema and Docuseek’s Earth Day Sampler that will both inspire you and make you think!

Interested in learning more about Earth Day? Be sure to visit the Library’s ENVIROnetBASE and GreenFILE databases to learn more about the relationship between human beings and the environment, with topics including global warming, recycling, alternate fuel sources, and more.