Mason’s libraries are supporting the community through virtual workshops, instruction sessions, research consultations, and electronic resources. We’ve also expanded hours for our virtual reference desk.
Libraries will continue to provide expanded virtual services to promote physical distancing amid a staged opening phase.
Once the central library opens in the initial stage, only university students, faculty, and staff can come in. Requests for access to library collections and appointments for in-person services will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Staff will resume limited scanning operations in interlibrary loan, document delivery, and course reserves, prioritizing:
- Mason patrons
- The Washington Research Library Consortium.
- The Virtual Library of Virginia.
- Association of Southeastern Research Libraries partners.
We’ll develop contactless, curbside pickup, starting with the central library. Faculty and staff will be able to request materials to be put on hold via the library online catalog.
Returned library books will be processed following best practices on handling physical materials as recommended by national library professional associations. Staff will wash their hands afterward.
Some desks, workstations, and chairs will be removed or marked out-of-use to promote physical distancing. Some spaces and areas may also be closed.