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

The Libraries, as the rest of the university, will look different during the Fall 2020 semester.

Expanded Online Resources & Virtual Services

The Libraries will continue to support the Mason community through expanded electronic resources and virtual services, including virtual workshops, instruction sessions, and research consultations. We will also continue our expanded hours for our virtual reference service.

Library Facilities

Access: Access to any library location will be limited to Mason students, faculty, and staff. Signage will be posted to indicate the university's Safe Return to Campus guidelines - such as physical distancing, wearing face coverings (University Policy Number 1415), and other protocols - 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.

Closed Stacks: Circulation requests should be made via your Library Account, and the stacks will be closed for browsing. If you encounter difficulty placing your request, please email fencirc@gmu.edu. Requests for access to some collections (such as in our Special Collections Research Center) will be by appointment-only.

Study Spaces and Computers: To promote physical distancing and follow university guidelines, some tables, carrels, workstations, and chairs will be removed or marked out-of-use in each library. The number of people allowed in each library building will also be limited to allow for appropriate distancing. Some spaces and areas may also be closed. For example, group study rooms will be closed. Individual study rooms will be available for reservation.

Furniture: The furniture in each library location has been moved (or removed in some cases) and spaced to allow for appropriate distancing. Please help us all stay safe by not moving or rearranging 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.