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.

Networking

  • Public computers are available that enable access to online resources.
  • Wireless access is available to the general public. Visitors whose home institutions are members may use the eduroam network (how?).  Other visitors can connect to the Mason wireless network and register as a guest.

Behavior

  • 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