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: As of Monday, August 16, 2021, the stacks are reopen 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 were removed or marked out-of-use in each library and building capacity was limited. As we begin the Fall 2021 semester, these spaces may change and capacity numbers have been increased. We continue to offer individual study rooms for use by reservation, and we will open up some group study rooms 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 has been moved and spaced to allow for appropriate distancing. With the start of the Fall 2021 semester, the amount of distanced space will change as furniture is returned from storage. 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.