General Public Use

The following public use policies apply to the Arlington Campus, Fenwick, Gateway and Mercer Libraries  (Law Library's policies)

Print Materials

  • Onsite use of print materials is available to the general public.
  • Borrowing of Mason-owned items may be available to certain groups or for a fee through the Passport Program

Electronic Resources

  • Onsite use of electronic resources is available to the public from university-owned computers.
  • Offsite access is limited to current faculty, staff, and students who have a mason login due to licensing agreements. ​Many public libraries provide access to electronic resources for their patrons.  

Research Services

  • Study space is limited in most of the libraries, but visitors may use any available study carrel.
  • Reference assistance is available to the general public, though university students, faculty, and staff are given priority. Visitors may request an individual consultation with a subject librarian.


  • Public computers are available that enable access to online resources.
  • Wireless access is not available to the general public. Visitors whose home institutions are members may use the eduroam network (how?). Faculty and staff may sponsor Guest Access.


  • Use of the George Mason University Libraries is a privilege, not a right. Disruptive or disrespectful behavior is not permitted.
  • Library patrons and visitors are required to abide by the Library Resources and Facilities Use Policy