Media Services

Media Collections

The University Libraries boast a robust collection of audiovisual media, both at the library and streaming online. The bulk of the AV collection is housed at Gateway Library, Fairfax Campus, and contains media on VHS, laserdisc, DVD, and Blue-ray. The music collection is housed in Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus, and contains music on LP, cassette, and CD. The Arlington Campus Library and Mercer Library, Prince William Campus, also hold some curriculum-related materials.

Collection Highlights:

  • A large music collection spanning a diverse array of musical genres and decades
  • Rare, independent, and foreign films available only in DVD and VHS
  • Thousands of streaming videos and music recordings, accessible on campus or at home

Check out the Film and Video Studies Infoguide for tips on accessing media or to contact the Multimedia Literacy Librarian.

Viewing & Listening

Viewing/Listening Stations

  • Gateway Library, Fairfax Campus, 2nd Floor: VHS, Blue-ray, and multi-region DVD players with headphones. Students can check out remote controls at the information desk (valid Mason ID required).
  • Fenwick Library, Fairfax Campus, 2nd Floor: audio stations, including cassette and LP players.

Please see the information desk for information on accessing viewing stations.

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

Late fees for media items are $5 per day, with a maximum fine of $25.

Renewals

Patrons may renew Mason items 3 times (except affiliate members who may renew once). Media requested by other patrons will not be renewed. Media reserve materials are not renewable. Ways to Renew:

Creating Media

Recording

  • One Button Studio, Gateway Library 134-I
    A studio with pre-configured lighting, cameras, and microphones, allowing you to focus on your content, rather than complicated equipment.
  • Presentation Practice Rooms, Fenwick Library 3111, 3102
    Practice rooms for individuals or groups interested in preparing and refining oral presentations.

Editing

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

Copyright

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.

Faculty Services

Media Clipping and Streaming Service
Place a request for the Libraries to digitize a clip from Mason-owned media and link to your Blackboard course page.

Media Screening Request
Place a request for the Libraries to put a media item on hold for a class screening.

Course Reserves
Place a media item on course reserve for student use.