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Students enrolled in online courses at Mason have easy access to a wide variety of library resources and services right at their fingertips. With a Mason login, students have 24/7 access to licensed full text databases that allow you to search for articles from thousands of scholarly journals, newspapers, reference materials, and popular magazines.

Research Assistance

Mason library has librarians who are experts in subject fields and would be happy to guide you and answer your research questions via Chat, Text, Phone or Email. You may schedule a virtual consultation with the Distance Education Librarian to get assistance with research or library services, or for more complex research needs, you may contact the librarian for your discipline.


Requesting Books

You must be teaching or enrolled in a qualifying Distance Education Course to be eligible for this service.

Go to the Mason Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan page and log in using your Mason email username and password.

You must have a George Mason University ID card to request books because you will be asked to enter the barcode from the card on the request form. (The barcode number begins with 22777..) If you do not have a Mason ID card, please contact Mason Distance Education to find out how to obtain one.

Books will be shipped to your address and include a prepaid UPS label for you to use to return the books to us. You must securely package the books and return them to us using this label. If you use the return label that we provide, you will cease to be responsible for the books as soon as UPS accepts them.

For more information see: Requesting Books

E-books at Mason

Mason Libraries’ provides access to thousands of eBooks via various e-book database collections. Below are the most popular collections.

ebrary Academic Complete provides access to eBooks in many subject areas, including the social sciences, arts and humanities, law, technology and life science.

EBSCO eBook Collection provides access to eBooks in many subject areas, including the social sciences, arts and humanities, law, technology and life science.

Safari Tech Books Online provides access to eBooks on all aspects of computing, programming, and information technology subjects, from publishers such as O’Reilly, Sam Publishing, New Riders, and Adobe.

SpringerLINK provides access to eBooks and articles in various disciplines. It is particularly useful for accessing eBooks relating to STEM topics.

E-Books at the Mason Libraries have different user access limitation. Some titles are limited to one user viewing/downloading the e-book at a time, while others allow three users and still others have unlimited access. Once the maximum number of users are accessing the e-book others are blocked until it become available again.

See Tech Tips: e-Readers for more information.

Requesting Articles

Students in Mason’s distance programs may login to our Interlibrary Loan system using their Mason email name and password to request journal articles that are not available full text through a library research database or e-journals

These articles will be web posted (delivered electronically) to your account and you will be notified by university email when your item is available online. Book chapters may also be delivered electronically.

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