Media Services

Media Collections

Most music, audio, and visual media materials are located at the Gateway Library on the second floor of the Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Formats available include audio cassettes, LPs, CDs, laser discs, VHS, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. The media collection is only available to faculty for browsing.  Students please provide the titles of desired items to library staff who will then locate and deliver the requested materials. 

Small curricula-related media collections are held at the Arlington Campus Library, and Mercer Library, Prince William Campus.

Streaming content is available on or off-campus to Mason students, faculty and staff.  Non-Mason affiliate users may only access streaming content onsite. Streaming media is searchable through the University Library Catalog and the University Library Databases.

Assistance is provided with equipment, media course reserves and accessibility

Check out the Media Services Infoguide for updates to services, streaming database news, and more.

Finding Media

Recommend Media

Is there media you think the University Libraries should have? We welcome recommendations! Please email the Media Services Librarian with your suggestions.

Viewing & Listening

In-Library Stations

The Gateway Library has viewing and listening stations located on the second floor. Most stations have a VHS and DVD player, and there are several multi-region players for DVDs. There is one HDV deck, one cassette deck, one LP player, and two CD players. Each station is equipped with headphones, which must be used. Students can also check out remote controls for viewing stations at the circulation desk (valid Mason ID required).

Circulation Policies*

  • Music recordings (CDs & LPs): 2 weeks
  • Videos (DVDs & VHS): 7 days
  • Course Reserves: 4 hours for students; 24 hours for faculty and staff

*Media items are not eligible for renewal.  Late fees for media items are $5 per day, with a maximum fine of $25.

Creating Media


University Libraries does not have production software resources, but below are other locations that do:


George Mason University policies regarding copyright and academic integrity must be strictly followed when using and creating media.

For standards of Fair Use, copyright information, or consultation, see Mason's Copyright Resources Office, located in Fenwick Library.