University Academic Programs and Resources
John G. Zenelis, University Librarian and Associate Vice President, IT
Fenwick Library, A227
Administrative and Professional
Brannon, Bushallow, Chase, Connors, Cowen, Ercolano, Euliano, Farley, Fishwick,
Fleming, Garritano, Gibson, Grotophorst, Hannan, Herndon, Hirvonen, Jordan, Kelso,
Kerr, Keys, Khater, Kifer, Killian, Koda, Lee, Palmer, Perry, Posner, Sheehan,
Shelton, Simons, Stockwell, Suh, Vay, Walsh, Wittig, Weaver, Young
Resources and Services
Resources and services of the George Mason University Libraries are housed
in Charles Rogers Fenwick Library and the George W. Johnson Center Library on
the Fairfax Campus, the Arlington Campus Library, and the Prince William Campus
Library. (The School of Law Library at Arlington is administered separately.)
The combined holdings of George Mason's libraries, including the law library,
total 1 million books and bound journal volumes; nearly 12,000 current serial
subscriptions; 2.56 million microform units; 354,000 government documents; 219,000
maps; 25,000 multimedia materials; 400 electronic databases (including several
thousand online journals); and significant holdings of manuscripts, special collections,
and archives. All of the libraries support instruction, learning, research and
service, and outreach activities of students and faculty.
George Mason's integrated library information system provides an online public
access catalog, circulation, electronic reserves, and library processing services.
The library information system can be used in the libraries, from campus locations
on the network, or through the World Wide Web from off-campus locations. The University
Libraries' web site, http://library.gmu.edu,
offers access to a variety of networked digital resources and electronically mediated
services, including virtual reference service.
The library liaison program to academic departments and programs supports a
variety of cooperative and collaborative activities. Liaison librarians work with
academic departments and programs to develop print collections and electronic
resources, as well as offering introductory and advanced information literacy
competency instructional sessions, and advanced reference and research consultation
services to students and faculty.
Through membership and active participation in local, regional, and national
library consortia, the George Mason University Libraries are able to better respond
and meet the needs of the University's growing and diverse academic and research
programs. Current inter-institutional affiliations include:
- VIVA: The Virtual Library of Virginia Program (a Commonwealth of Virginia
funded electronic resources and resource sharing program for public higher education
- Washington Research Library Consortium (whose membership also includes American,
Catholic, District of Columbia, Gallaudet, George Washington, and Marymount universities)
- Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (includes the 36 largest university
libraries in a ten-state region)
- Center for Research Libraries (the Chicago, IL, based "research library"
for research libraries whose multi-million volume holdings are comprised of specialized
and uniquely held materials in North America)
- The international Online Computer Library Center, whose extensive computerized
system and network facilitate national and international library resource sharing
The Libraries provide an inter-campus delivery service for students and faculty
requesting materials held at another George Mason campus library. Materials not
held in the George Mason libraries can be obtained by direct borrowing from WRLC
institution libraries via the Consortium Loan Service, interlibrary loan, or through
commercial document services when required.
Expanded academic support services of the University Libraries also include:
University Copyright Assistance
Johnson Center, Rooms 120, 121
Phone: (703) 993-2562, -3158, or 2427
Fax: (703) 993-4116
The copyright office provides guidance and assistance on copyright and fair
use issues. The office staff advise the university community regarding copyright
in areas such as classroom teaching and technology, online courses, distance education,
university publications, university web sites, networked library collections and
related services, electronic course reserves, and electronic database licensing.
Copyright-related workshops are offered on a regular basis.
Dissertation and Thesis Services (UDTS)
UDTS assists George Mason students and academic units in the dissertation,
thesis, and graduate-level project process by helping students meet all university
requirements and deadlines for submission of their works. The UDTS Web site provides
useful tools such as the university's Thesis, Dissertation, or Project Guide,
which contains downloadable templates of necessary elements; forms required
for the submission process, and links to related Web sites. UDTS also assists
graduate students through individual consultation and informational workshops.
Statistical Support Services
Fenwick Library Government Documents Microfiche Room
Phone: (703) 993-3417
This office provides expert consultation services for students and faculty
who need assistance with statistical software packages (quantitative and qualitative
research design analysis).
Phone: (703) 993-2240
Fenwick is the main research library in the university library system. Fenwick
holds most of the Libraries' book collections across disciplines, as well as current
and bound journals, microforms, special collections and archives materials, federal
and Virginia government documents, and maps. Instruction and reference classes
are available in information search strategies, sources, and information technology.
Additionally, publicly accessible computer workstations and data ports for laptop
use enable access to the Libraries' electronic resources and associated services.
Services available at Fenwick Library are provided by the Periodicals/Microforms,
Circulation, Reference, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery, Special Collections
& Archives, and Collection Management Services departments.
Johnson Center Library
Phone: (703) 993-9060
The library is part of the George W. Johnson Center integrated learning environment.
Electronic access to scholarly information is complimented by a print reference
collection, multimedia collections, and a growing circulating book collection
comprised of core texts and readings supporting the foundational and interdisciplinary
emphases in the university's undergraduate curriculum. The Johnson Center Library
especially supports interdisciplinary programs such as the Honors Program and
New Century College through its collections and outreach programs. The library
also holds designated discipline-based circulating book collections. The Johnson
Center Library serves is the center for multimedia collections and services for
the university library system. This library also provides course support through
reserve materials (electronic, print and media) for students and faculty on the
Fairfax Campus. The Libraries-wide electronic reserves service is also managed
at this library. A collection of periodicals (foreign newspapers and general interest
magazines and journals), and a leisure reading collection round out the Johnson
Center Library's collections and services.
Arlington Campus Library
Phone: (703) 993-8818
The library is a full-service research facility supporting the teaching and
research needs of George Mason faculty, students and staff on this campus. Consistent
with the Arlington Campus' distinct areas of academic specialization at the graduate
level, the library's collection emphasizes public policy, international commerce,
economics, education, and nonprofit organizations management. The Arlington Campus
Library holds a core of reference materials, and is a depository of European Union
documents. Library staff provides reference assistance and instruction for students,
faculty, and staff in identifying and using resources. Although "physical"
library holdings continue to grow, a critical component of the Arlington Campus
Library service is an emphasis on being a "virtual" library, with many
of its resources and services available online.
Prince William Library
Phone: (703) 993-8340
This rapidly growing library supports faculty and students in the programs
and courses offered at the Prince William Campus, including education, biotechnology,
computer science, health, fitness and recreation resources, and administration
of justice. The library provides access to all George Mason University library
information technology systems and electronic resources. The library emphasis
is on instruction and assistance with the use of electronic resources and computing
applications. Notable holdings of the library include the concentrated holdings
of scientific journals in bioscience and biomedicine. The library is fostering
partnerships to provide information services to the rapidly expanding corporate
and technology presence in Prince William County.