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VIVA launches new Faculty Textbook Portal

Tue, 03/05/2019 - 10:09

As part of VIVA’s Open and Affordable Initiative to provide no-cost and barrier-free access to curriculum resources for students and researchers, VIVA has developed a new Faculty Textbook Portal. This catalog, designed for Virginia public college and university faculty looking for open and affordable textbooks for their courses, contains over 200,000 titles from VIVA’s shared library collections, open access textbooks, and ebooks available for VIVA to purchase on behalf of public colleges and universities throughout the state.

For more information about the new portal and how to request full access (available to all Mason faculty as a VIVA member institution), see the VIVA announcement and the FAQ page.

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Mason Author Series on March 7: Ideals of the Body

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 10:04

Join us for our next Mason Author Series event on Thursday, March 7 at 3 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001. We will be joined by Sun-Young Park, Assistant Professor, History and Art History, for a discussion of her book, Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Postrevolutionary Paris.

About the book: “Modern hygienic urbanism originated in the airy boulevards, public parks, and sewer system that transformed the Parisian cityscape in the mid-nineteenth century. Yet these well-known developments in public health built on a previous moment of anxiety about the hygiene of modern city dwellers. Amid fears of national decline that accompanied the collapse of the Napoleonic Empire, efforts to modernize Paris between 1800 and 1850 focused not on grand and comprehensive structural reforms, but rather on improving the bodily and mental fitness of the individual citizen. These forgotten efforts to renew and reform the physical and moral health of the urban subject found expression in the built environment of the city—in the gymnasiums, swimming pools, and green spaces of private and public institutions, from the pedagogical to the recreational. Sun-Young Park reveals how these anxieties about health and social order, which manifested in emerging ideals of the body, created a uniquely spatial and urban experience of modernity in the postrevolutionary capital, one profoundly impacted by hygiene, mobility, productivity, leisure, spectacle, and technology.”

Books will be available for purchase at the event, and refreshments will be provided.

About the Mason Author Series: The Mason Libraries’ Mason Author Series features Mason faculty and alumni authors throughout the year, and is generously sponsored by the University Bookstore. For upcoming events, visit

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Research Your Way to an A: Feb 25-28

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 12:25

Mason Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Team has partnered with Learning Services, The Writing Center and the Communications Center to offer “Research Your Way to an A: A workshop series on how to research, write and present with confidence.” All workshops will take place in the Gateway Library (Johnson Center, Room 134G).

How to Read Scholarly Journals (Presented by Learning Services)
Monday, February 25, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Reading scholarly journals is very different from reading a textbook. During this session we will discuss the sections of a scholarly article, strategies for reading which will help you quickly identify important information, and ways to take notes which will help you incorporate your sources into your project. Register at

Research Treasure Hunt: Search Strategies and Citation Mining (Presented by Mason Libraries)
Tuesday, February 26, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Cut your research time in half by learning how to skillfully navigate the sea of information, steering around research obstacles and following the clues to that perfect resource. Register at

Strategies and Tools for Synthesizing Sources (Presented by the Writing Center)
Wednesday, February 27, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

This workshop introduces writers to strategies and tools for synthesizing the sources they have assembled, and for moving that synthesis toward a structure or outline for their draft. Register at

Making your Message Memorable with Powerful Presentations (Presented by the Communications Center)
Thursday, February 28, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

This workshop will help you package your research into an effective presentation, and will focus on (1) organizing ideas, (2) communicating content clearly, and (3) dynamic delivery. Register at

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It’s Homecoming Week!

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 11:33

George Mason University celebrates Homecoming this week, beginning today, Monday, February 18 and culminating this weekend with the Mason’s Men’s Basketball game on Saturday, February 23 at 4pm and the Women’s Basketball game on Sunday, February 24 at 2pm! For a full schedule of events and details visit For alumni-focused events, visit

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“It’s Personal” – new exhibit in Fenwick Gallery

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:49

It’s Personal: Zines, Artist Books, etc.” – featuring the work of Mason MA and BFA students – is now open in Fenwick Gallery. In “It’s Personal,” the artists use the unique qualities of sequencing, format, and multiples that zines and artists’ books allow as a way to explore and share with a wide audience their interests, perspectives, longings, and questions.

The risograph-printed zines of Christina Childs (MA Graphic Design, 2019) offer bold, simple pairings of text and image that ask “what if” questions on both the personal relational scale and the societal level, delivering some surprisingly poignant punches. Lissy Essmann (BFA concentration Graphic Design, 2019) processes her own anxieties and life circumstances through making zines that can connect with other people. Using a hand-drawn illustration style and children’s book approach to the narrative, she translates somber themes into a consistent, calm, and somehow comforting result. Jane Lee (BFA concentration Sculpture, 2019) addresses the complexities of relationships, culture, identity, and even art school in her text-based zines comprised of often humorous and all-too-relatable internal dialogue, notes, and quotes. Katana Lippart (BFA concentration Printmaking, 2018) explores notions of self, memory, uncertainty, and home through collage, printmaking, zines and artist books. Though stemming from her own personal history, the construction of the books and their altered yet familiar imagery resonates with viewers, calling forth their own memories and experiences.

“It’s Personal” will be on display through March 15, 2019. An artists’ talk will take place on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3:00pm in the Special Collections Research Center on the second floor of Fenwick Library. For more information, visit

About Fenwick Gallery: Fenwick Gallery is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at for the most accurate and up-to-date information. For additional information about the Gallery, visit For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at

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Libraries hosts Visiting Writers Program

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 12:35

The Creative Writing Program offers the Visiting Writers Series each semester. Mason Libraries is the new host this spring. All events will take place in Fenwick Library, Room 2001, and are free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 21, 7:30-9pm: Lyz Lenz – Journalist, essayist, memoirist, and more—nonfiction writer Lyz Lenz is the author of the forthcoming books Godland: A Story of Faith, Loss, and Renewal in Middle America and Belabored: Tales of Myth, Medicine, and Motherhood. She also has an essay in the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay. Lenz is a contributing writer for the Columbia Journalism Review and the former managing editor for The Rumpus, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, The Guardian, Marie Claire, Salon, and more.

Thursday, February 28, 7:30-9pm: Rebecca Makkai – Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, recently named a finalist for the National Book Award; The Borrower; The Hundred-Year House; and the collection Music for Wartime—four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is currently on the faculty of the MFA programs at Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is the artistic director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Thursday, March 21, 7:30-9pm: Ilya Kaminsky – Ilya Kaminsky is the author of Dancing In Odessa, which won the Whiting Writer’s Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Metcalf Award, the Dorset Prize, the Ruth Lilly Fellowship given annually by Poetry magazine. Dancing In Odessa was also named Best Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine. Poems from his new manuscript, Deaf Republic, were awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Prize and the Pushcart Prize. Kaminsky was also awarded Lannan Foundation’s Literary Fellowship. His anthology of 20th-century poetry in translation, Ecco Anthology of International Poetry, was published by Harper Collins in March. He teaches English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.

Monday, April 8, 7:30-9pm: Ed Roberson – Ed Roberson is the author of numerous books of poetry, including To See the Earth Before the End of the World, which was a runner up for the Los Angeles Times Poetry Award; The New Wing of the LabyrinthCity EclogueAtmosphere Conditions, which was chosen for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Award; Just In: Word of Navigational Change: New and Selected Work; and Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. His most recent publication is the chapbook Closest Pronunciation. His earlier collections include Etai-Eken and When Thy King is a Boy. Roberson’s honors include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize in 2016, the Lila Wallace Writers’ Award, the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award, and the 2016 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. His work has been included in Best American Poetry. Roberson has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and Northwestern University.

Tuesday, April 9, 7:30-9pm: Special Event with Susan Richards Shreve and Susan Tichy.

Wednesday, April 10, 7:30-9pm: Jane Brox – Jane Brox’s fifth book, Silence, was published in January 2019. Her book, Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine. She is also the author of Clearing Land: Legacies of the American FarmFive Thousand Days Like This One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American EssaysThe Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program.

Friday, April 12, 5-6:30pm: Jamel Brinkley – Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories, a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2018A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and other placesA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he was also the 2016-17 Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. His work has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

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Mason Libraries Collections now featured in DPLA

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 10:10

The University Libraries is pleased to announce its participation in the collaborative effort, Digital Virginias, created by a group of universities in Virginia and West Virginia. In addition to George Mason University, Digital Virginias partners include University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, College of William and Mary, and West Virginia University.

Digital Virginias is the newest hub to join the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) – a nationwide digital project with the goal of maximizing public access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge. DPLA currently has 40 partners, including such national treasures as the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the New York Public Library, and others, including representatives of most of the 50 states. DPLA collections contain millions of items available to the public for research and exploration. Digital Virginias is currently comprised of more than 58,000 items, and expects to grow both collection items and participating regional partners throughout the upcoming year, thus building a network that will extend to capture and expose digital collections across both Virginia and West Virginia.

Within the Mason Libraries, preparing to join this endeavor was a team effort. Lynn Eaton, Director of Special Collections Research Center, and Bob Vay, Archivist, identified collections that the Libraries could submit to the hub. Peggy Griesinger, former Metadata Librarian, prepared all of the metadata for the items and served on the hub Group’s metadata committee (Tricia Mackenzie, Head of Metadata Services, and Ashley Howell, Metadata Specialist, will take over metadata duties going forward). Wally Grotophorst, Associate University Librarian for Digital Systems & Strategies, served on the hub’s Strategy Group.

About Mason’s collaboration, Lynn Eaton remarks, “The University Libraries Special Collections Research Center is excited to be able to add selected collections to the DPLA hub, as this provides an additional point of contact to our digital content. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the planning group, and look forward to adding even more of our manuscript materials to this incredible resource.”

Bob Vay adds, “It was gratifying to be asked to participate in this project. Two of the several collections we chose to include (George Mason University Yearbooks and the “Frankly Speaking” radio programs) are among my personal favorites. Inclusion into the DPLA exposes them to a much wider audience. I see this as a big win for those who desire access to interesting content!”

John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, commented that “Digital Virginias is an ambitious longer-term undertaking to make accessible to scholars and to the general public alike the rich cultural resources that reside at not only the currently six participating universities, but to gradually encompass the holdings of other higher education institutions, historical societies, museums, and other cultural entities in the two states. As part of the Digital Virginias network, Mason Libraries has taken on the role to assist other such organizations in the greater Northern Virginia region as they initiate digital projects for future inclusion in the Digital Virginias service hub.”

To search items in the collection, visit For more about Digital Virginias, visit

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Recommended Reads Now in Fenwick

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:59

Mason Libraries’ current collection of positively reviewed fiction and nonfiction books, Recommended Reads, recently moved from Gateway Library to Fenwick Library. The collection is now located in Fenwick Atrium (first floor, opposite the service desk.) Check ’em out!

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Music in the Lobby Concerts Return!

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:23

Join us! The popular Music in the Lobby mini-concerts return for the Spring semester on February 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Fenwick Lobby. Featuring Mason student musicians, these free performances are coordinated by the Mason School of Music and Fenwick Library. Refreshments are courtesy of Argo Tea Cafe. Take a break, relax, and enjoy.

Music in the Lobby is approved for MUSI 300 credit.

For more information about Music in the Lobby, contact Steve Gerber, Music Librarian,

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Librarians in The MIX: Entrepreneur Workshops

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 09:12

Join us for three workshops for entrepreneurs, presented by Mason Librarians. Offered on February 21 (Social Media Marketing), March 21 (Company & Industry Research), and April 18 (Introduction to Trademarks), all workshops are held in A214 The MIX@Fenwick from 3 – 4 p.m. Come to one – come to all!

For more information, contact Jo Ann Henson, Business & Economics Librarian,

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Speech Accent Archives Presentation 2/5

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 15:24

Join us for a DiSC Research Connections presentation “the sound of your voice: the speech accent archives” by stephen h. weinberger, associate professor of linguistics. Learn about the origin, development, use and maintenance of this unique resource – This event will be held February 5, 3-4 p.m., 2001 Fenwick Library.

For more information, please contact Wendy Mann,

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Mason Libraries participates in new, national initiative to make educational materials accessible

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 18:54


“Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education” awarded a $1,000,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

FAIRFAX, VA – January 22, 2019: Joined by the Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics, the University Libraries is pleased to announce George Mason University’s participation in a new, national initiative to make educational materials accessible for students with print and learning disabilities at institutions of higher education. “Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education” is a two-year project funded by a $1,000,000 grant from the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation to the University of Virginia.

George Mason will host the kick-off meeting for the new project on Friday, February 15, 2019, when representatives from all of the pilot participants will attend to plan activities within the scope of the project. In addition to representatives of the University of Virginia (the project PI), George Mason University will be joined by Texas A&M University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northern Arizona University, and Vanderbilt University. Additionally, representatives for three of the largest content repositories – HathiTrust, the Internet Archive, and Bookshare – will also attend and participate.

Such collaborations are vital to address the issue of duplicate efforts and delayed services that affect student success. Students with print disabilities require text to be reformatted for screen readers, text-to-speech software, or other forms of audio delivery, and often universities have few on staff to do this necessary work.

About the project, John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, remarks, “George Mason University is well positioned to engage with and contribute to this project of national significance due to its existing campus partnerships in this space and its innovative Assistive Technology Initiative that brings together Mason’s Office of Compliance, Diversity and Ethics; the Libraries; the Office of Digital Learning; Information Technology Services; the Purchasing Office; and the Office of University Counsel. We are excited to work together with our colleagues at the other institutions and to collaborate on this national pilot project for creating and sustaining a system of readily accessible learning materials that supports student success at all levels.”

The goal of this ambitious project is to establish a national platform for sharing learning materials that have been remediated for students with print disabilities, thus reducing duplication of efforts, allowing cumulative improvement of accessible texts, and decreasing turnaround time for delivery of texts to students and faculty. At all of the participating universities, the libraries and disability services offices will be included in the work and at four of the institutions (including Mason) the university presses will participate. The project aims to address the large gap between what the law requires of universities with respect to students with learning challenges and what staff members in supporting offices can provide.

Korey Singleton, Manager of the Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) notes, “Over the last twenty years, Mason has made significant strides towards ensuring students with disabilities are afforded equivalent and timely access to their educational materials. This is due not only to the dedicated staff within the ATI, Disability Services, and Compliance, Diversity and Ethics, but also, in large part, to the many university partners that have supported and championed these efforts. As Dean Zenelis commented, we are excited by the opportunity to extend these partnerships to our colleagues at other institutions and look forward to being a part of this cutting-edge pilot project.”

The project also depends on HathiTrust, the Internet Archive, and Bookshare – three large digital repositories, each of which already provides service to users with print disabilities – to provide a federated network of storage and delivery and to draw on their individual networks of social commitment and technical expertise. The Association of Research Libraries will also provide support for a meeting of legal experts at the outset of the project.

The grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund the creation of library infrastructure at UVA called EMMA (Educational Materials Made Accessible) which will handle authentication, search, selection, and download, while also providing an upload path for texts produced or remediated on the campuses of the seven participating universities. EMMA will connect university librarians or disability service officers operating on behalf of students (or faculty) with disabilities at any of the seven participating universities to materials created on any of their campuses or by any of the three repositories.

CONTACT:  Jessica Clark, Development and Communications Officer,, 703.993.2251

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[Land]scape: Artists’ Talk & Reception

Tue, 01/08/2019 - 12:56

Join us on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m. for the closing reception and artists’ talk for [Land]scape, an exhibition of works by current MFA students in Mason’s School of Art. [Land]scape is presented by Fenwick Gallery in partnership with ARTIFACT, a graduate student organization for MFA candidates in the School of Art.

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Shutdown: Alternative Resources

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 12:18

During a government shutdown, many publicly available government resources are not available. This InfoGuide offers alternatives to commonly used government resources.

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Grant opportunities for course redesign

Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:02

We are excited to announce that the Request for Proposals for the first round of VIVA Course Redesign Grants officially opened this month. These grants are designed to empower faculty at Virginia higher education institutions with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping out expensive textbooks for open, no cost, or library options. These materials may be adopted as is, adapted, or created from scratch.

This new program will award grants from $1,000-$30,000 to assist faculty members at any VIVA institution in transitioning to course materials available at no cost to students, such as open educational textbooks and/or library resources. Full or part-time faculty may apply. Proposals may involve one person or teams that include: teaching faculty, librarians, instructional designers, subject matter experts, editors, graphic designers, or others as needed. Applications that include multi-institutional partnerships are encouraged.

More information, including the full Request for Proposals, application details, and the evaluation rubric are available at

Applications are due January 31, 2019, and award notification will take place on March 1, 2019.

Webinars will be held at the following times, and will include a general introduction to the grants, the application process, and a Q&A:

Successful applications will be selected on the basis of:

  • Potential for student savings, including class enrollment and existing resource costs
  • Use of Open Educational Resources (freely available and free to be modified)
  • Frequency of course offering, with a preference for high-enrollment, required courses, and/or courses that are part of the SCHEV Passport Program
  • Impact of the project on open education, such as the development of high quality resources in areas for which no other open content is currently available
  • Preference for statewide reach through multi-institutional efforts
  • Commitment to continue offering the course for future years
  • Agreement to the terms of the grant and required activities

*VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV). 

Questions about the program may be submitted to

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End of Semester Bubble Tea Party@Argo

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 15:13

Celebrate the end of the semester at Argo Tea Cafe’s Bubble Tea Party on Monday, December 17, Noon – 2 p.m. See you in Fenwick Lobby!

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New Fenwick Gallery Exhibit: [Land]scape

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 11:20

Fenwick Gallery at George Mason University is pleased to host [Land]scape, an exhibition of works by current MFA students in Mason’s School of Art. The exhibition runs from December 3, 2018 – January 26, 2019, with a closing reception and artist panel talk on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in Fenwick Library 2001.

What is a landscape? A scenic countryside? A long-standing tradition in art history? The distant backdrop of our lives and memories? In the exhibition [Land]scape, artists ask us to engage the notion of landscape on multiple levels. Some pull imagery directly from observed physical, natural, and built surroundings to construct narratives, comment on social, political, and environmental issues, or use landscape as poetic metaphor. Others explore the unseen spaces we navigate: the mind, dreams, fears, desires, the space between people, between the past and present, between here and there. Featuring a range of painting, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and video works, the exhibition itself becomes a landscape revealing a strata of emerging art practices.

Participating artists include Jorge Bañales, Andrea Benge, Brigitte Caramanna, Danielle Dravenstadt, Kate Fitzpatrick, Emily Fussner, Kerrianne Hentges, Erica Hopkins, Strange Lens, Jennifer Lillis, Jayne Matricardi-Burke, Matt Nolan, Kevin Wallace, and Michael Walton.                                                                               

[Land]scape is presented by Fenwick Gallery in partnership with ARTIFACT, a graduate student organization for MFA candidates in Mason’s School of Art. ARTIFACT fosters connection, collaboration, and professional development within the MFA program and creates opportunities to share artists’ work with the Mason community and greater Washington DC area.

About Fenwick Gallery: Fenwick Gallery is located in Fenwick Library on Mason’s Fairfax campus. The gallery is open during Library business hours; see the Library’s website at for the most accurate and up-to-date information. For additional information about the Gallery, visit For questions about this exhibition or Fenwick Gallery, contact Stephanie Grimm, Art and Art History Librarian, at

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Music in the Lobby: Nov 28

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 09:39

Join us for the last Music in the Lobby concert of the fall semester on Wednesday, November 28 at 12:30pm in the Fenwick Lobby. Take a break to listen to beautiful music performed by Mason’s School of Music students and enjoy some delicious treats from Argo Tea. Music in the Lobby concerts will resume in February 2019.

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Happy Thanksgiving & Holiday Hours

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 10:43

Happy Thanksgiving from Mason Libraries!

Be sure to check our holiday hours for our operating status and hours at each library location.

Extended hours at Fenwick Library for the final exam season will begin Friday, December 7 and run through Tuesday, December 18.

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