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2002-03 University Catalog

University Academic Programs and Resources

University Libraries

(703) 993-2250


John G. Zenelis, University Librarian and Associate Vice President, IT
Fenwick Library, A227

Administrative and Professional Faculty

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,, 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 institutions)

  • 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 activities

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 Office

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.

University 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).

Fenwick Library
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.