Music Library Grand Opening

During Winter Break, all music collections (including books, scores, LPs, and CDs) were moved from their long-time home in Gateway Library to 2600 Fenwick Library. Please join the University Libraries on Tuesday, March 21, for a host of events to celebrate the Music Library’s new location on the second floor of Fenwick.

#MarchIntoMusic with a musical parade from DeLaski to Fenwick at 1:30 p.m.; performances by the Mason Traditional Jazz Ensemble from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the south lobby of Fenwick; a gallery talk at our new Gilbert and Sullivan exhibition from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and digital demos by Alexander Street Press and Oxford Music Online throughout the afternoon (from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

To get yourself in the mood, check out the Libraries’ host of music-related resources, available online 24/7 for Mason students, faculty, and staff. Use these resources to expand your study of music or for your own relaxation and enjoyment. Resources include:

  • Music & Performing Arts Video Collection, by Alexander Street Press: Presents an extensive array of content in video, audio, and text, covering different time periods, artists, composers, choreographers, and ensembles. Subjects include dance, film, music, and theater.
  • Oxford Music Online: Features over 60,000 articles on all aspects of music, and includes Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, The Oxford Companion to Music, and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Met Opera on Demand: Offers full-length performances from the Metropolitan Opera, including Live in HD productions, classic telecasts, and archival radio broadcast recordings for high-quality viewing and listening.
  • Naxos Music Library Jazz: Offers a large selection of works by over 32,000 jazz legends and contemporary artists from over 200 labels, including Blue Note Records, Warner Jazz, EMI, Fantasy, and others.

For more information, contact Steve Gerber, Music and Theater Librarian, at or 703-993-9051.

Out of the Box: Prince William County Historic Newspapers

If you love researching local history or old newspapers, you’ll want to check out the Prince William County Historic Newspapers. Our Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) recently finished processing this new collection given to the University Libraries by the Prince William County Library. The papers in the collection span the years 1851 through 1992 and contain many interesting articles (such as the one pictured on the left) and fun advertisements. Read SCRC’s story and visit the newly created finding aid to learn more.

Artists’ Book Open House: Nature & Discovery

Learn more about Mason Libraries’ Artists’ Book Collection! Students, faculty and staff are invited to an Artists’ Book Open House on March 1, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Special Collections Research Center, 2400 Fenwick. This month’s Open House features a selection of artists’ books related to the themes of nature and discovery. A guided conversation between two current Mason graduate students on the selected books, and their own artistic practices, will start at 6 p.m. Join us!

Focus on: Black/African Heritage Month

BlackHeritageMonth2017.400Black/African Heritage Month is a time to recall the important contributions and achievements of Black/African Heritage cultures on campus, throughout history and their current contributions to the world. Explore Mason Libraries’ collections to learn more. Online resources are available – free – to Mason students, faculty and staff. Login with your Mason username and password.

Some selected online collections include:

  • African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
    Time travel into history with access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. Includes papers from more than 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles. Also available to search is the wide-ranging magazine collection from 1825-1995.
  • Black Studies in Video
    Survey the evolution of black culture in the United States through documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage.  Includes topics of history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.
  • Oxford African American Studies Center
    Highlights the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.  Content includes primary source documents, biographies, images, maps, film clips, sound recordings, and thematic timelines. The collection is continually updated and offers education and teacher resources.

For more information, search the Libraries’ subject guides, database list or contact

Image: Crossings. Norman Lewis, 1948.