Shake off the stress of finals with a good book, a classic movie, or some relaxing music. Watch The Blob, Seven Samurai, or The League of Gentlemen. Kick back with Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s annotated Hamilton libretto. Listen to the folk music of Woody Guthrie, a classic Mozart symphony, or holiday music from more than a dozen countries around the world. Mason Libraries acquires these resources – and more (all free to use!) for research and enjoyment by current Mason faculty, students, and staff. Just login with your Mason NetID and password.
Recommended Reads is a collection of 800 recent fiction and non-fiction books. Housed in Gateway Library (Johnson Center), these titles received favorable reviews by National Public Radio, The New York Times, and other reputable sources. Recommended Reads have a three-week borrowing period; books may be renewed once. Browse the collection, check some out, and relax between the covers!
Criterion Collection is a database of 300 of the most influential films of the 20th century, covering the history of cinema from early silent films to the end of the century. It features works from directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Charlie Chaplin, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Albert Maysles, Francois Truffaut and Orson Welles.
Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
Over 44,000 tracks of music, spoken word, and other sound from the Smithsonian archives and audio archives in Asia and Africa. Browse by musical instrument, geographical area, or cultural group. Includes folk, instrumental, protest, blues, jazz, gospel, ragtime, spiritual, and more. Free access for Mason faculty, students, and staff – just use your Mason NetID and password.
For more information or to find other library resources to relax with, browse our Film & Media resources, Music & Performing Arts resources, search our catalog, or contact one of your subject specialists. Good luck with finals!