What can I expect when I visit a Mason Libraries location?

The Libraries continues to support the Mason community through a hybrid model of in-person and virtual offerings, with extensive electronic resources, including virtual workshops, instruction sessions, research consultations, and virtual reference service. As with the rest of the university, the Libraries has adjusted to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and services may change at any time as needed.

Library Facilities

Access: Masks are required to enter library facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Signage is posted to indicate the university's Safe Return to Campus guidelines, and those who do not adhere to the university's policies and guidelines may be asked to leave and may be subject to disciplinary action. All who visit the Libraries should be prepared to show the results of their daily COVID health check.

Stacks: The stacks are currently open for in-person browsing, though patrons are still welcome to utilize our online request system if they prefer. Circulation requests may be made via your Library Account. If you encounter difficulty placing your request, please email fencirc@gmu.edu.

Study Spaces and Computers: To promote physical distancing and follow university guidelines, some tables, carrels, workstations, and chairs may be removed or marked out-of-use in each library as conditions warrant, and building capacity may be limited. We continue to offer individual study rooms for use by reservation, and some group study rooms are open for reservation as well. For those who prefer a distanced space, please visit Fenwick Library's 5th floor study space which has been designated for this purpose.

Furniture: The furniture in each library location may be moved or spaced to allow for appropriate distancing as conditions warrant. We ask that you not move or rearrange the furniture.

Food and Drink: No food and beverages are allowed in library locations, with the exception of water in a closed container. Please help us maintain clean and safe spaces by not bringing in food or drink. Face coverings should be worn at all times, unless actively drinking.

Current Status Information

The Libraries will follow university and state guidelines. FAQs will be updated as plans are developed. Responses are based on Mason’s Safe Return plan and current information. Responses and available services are subject to change.