Most of the audiovisual media in the Libraries is located at the Gateway Library on the second floor of the Johnson Center, Fairfax campus. Formats available include laserdiscs, VHS tapes, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. Music CDs and LPs are located at the Fenwick Library, Fairfax campus.
Small curriculum-related media collections are held at the Arlington Campus Library, and the Mercer Library on the 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.
- If you want to watch a video online, you can limit your catalog search to streaming videos, or find out about streaming media in our research databases.
- How To Guide: Searching the catalog for video recordings
- Don't know what you want to watch? You can also browse the collection by genre.
Is there media you think the University Libraries should have? We welcome recommendations! Please email the Multimedia LIteracy Librarian with your suggestions.
Viewing & Listening
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, and one LP player. 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).
- 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.
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:
- Online: My Library Accounts
- In person: Visit the circulation desk at any library location.
- On the phone: Call 703-993-2243 and follow instructions provided.
Located in Gateway Library 134-I, the One Button Studio is an easy-to-use recording space available to all Mason faculty, staff, and students. The One Button Studio provides pre-configured lighting, cameras, and microphones, allowing you to focus on your content, rather than complicated equipment. Just insert a USB drive, press the button, and begin recording. When you are finished, press the same button to stop recording and save your video.
For more information and to schedule a recording session, visit library.gmu.edu/onebutton.
The Fenwick library also has two Presentation Practice rooms (3111, 3102). These rooms are available to individuals or groups interested in preparing and refining class presentations, thesis defenses, or other oral presentations. For more information or to reserve a space, visit http://library.gmu.edu/use/tech/fenwickpractice.
The University Libraries does not have production software resources, but below are other locations that do:
- Student Technology Assistance and Resource Lab (STAR), Johnson Center, Room 229
- Collaborative Learning Hub (CLUB), Johnson Center, Room 311
- Student Video Center (SVC), For Film And Video Studies (FAVS) and Communication majors, David King Hall, Room 1011
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.
Media Clipping and Streaming Service
George Mason University Libraries now offer instructors the option of delivering video clips for use in Blackboard. Clips from Mason-owned videotapes and DVDs can be digitized, placed onto our secure online server, and linked to the instructor's Blackboard course page. Streaming video can be accessed from any device with Internet capabilities, thus providing unlimited access for the semester.
For more information on this service, please see the Media Clipping and Streaming Service page.