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16444170045_04bf7cb720_oFenwick Focus is taking on a new mission – to inform the Mason Nation about the various events shaping up to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Fenwick Library on March  31, 2016.

Check back – and see what you can do to celebrate with us! #CelebrateFenwick2016

January 19: Opening Day!

While students enjoyed a much-deserved break before the spring semester, Library faculty and staff were busy at work moving and unpacking one million books and bound journals, millions of microforms and maps, and hundreds of thousands of manuscripts and archives to ready the new Fenwick Library facility for students’ return. While the Fenwick Library will officially open for the Mason campus today, yhe Fenwick Library move will be fully completed during spring semester, and the Cafe will open in the Spring.

Spearheading the expansion of the main campus library has been John Zenelis, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. Zenelis first joined Mason 17 years ago as the university librarian. During his tenure, Mason’s library system has significantly expanded its footprint, and substantially expanded its capabilities through innovative programs and services, as well as its collections. Under his leadership, the Libraries’ collections today include more than 1.5 million physical volumes, in addition to robust digital resources. Those digital resources include 1.5 million e-books, 119,00 e-journals, and millions of other online research materials, which are accessed an average of nine times every second.

“When I first arrived at the University, it was obvious to me that we needed to start thinking about modernizing Mason’s central library for the 21stcentury,” said Zenelis. “After much waiting and then six long years of planning and two years of construction, I think we have finally achieved our goal. In this new facility, I see a collaborative learning environment that offers great opportunities for innovative programming and one that can support contemporary scholarship and research not only for today’s Mason students and faculty, but also tomorrow’s.”

Made possible by state funding, the new Fenwick Library was designed by Shepley Bulfinch architectural firm of Boston, and built by Whiting-Turner to LEED silver standards. The facility has greatly expanded services, learning spaces, and digital technology and resources for the Mason community. The modern, bright facility with furniture that can be accommodate individual study as well as group collaboration, includes many new and exciting features:

  • One unified full-service assistance desk, located on the first floor
  • Café and study area due to open later in spring semester
  • Express check out stations where student scan their own items
  • Compact shelving, which allows for increased capacity for print collections
  • 30 new group study rooms equipped with white boards and monitors
  • MediaScape collaboration study rooms, which can allow up to 4 students to share their screen simultaneously
  • A number of seminar rooms and 3 technology-rich instructional rooms
  • Laptop dispenser to check out computers for use within the library
  • State-of the-art Special Collections Research Center
  • Enhanced device-charging capabilities
  • Presentation practice rooms equipped with technology (similar to theGateway Library One Button Studio)
  • A beautiful, modern Main Reading Room with seating for 75
  • Research Commons featuring programming and support for individual and collaborative projects
  • Two exhibition/gallery areas where student and faculty art, as well as items from the Special Collections Research Center will be featured

For more information, please visit library.gmu.edu. Come in, explore, learn – see what’s in the new Fenwick Library for you!

Update: December 18, 2015

  • More than 34,000 shelves have been moved.
  • Most books are in their new locations.
  • The Fenwick Move continues in January and February 2016 as microforms, personnel, equipment, computers and other items are moved into new spaces.
  • Fenwick Library is CLOSED
    • December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016 for the University holiday break
    • January 4 – 18, 2016
    • Fenwick is expected to open on January 19, 2016

University Holiday Break, December 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016

  • All Mason Libraries are closed

Winter Intersession, January 4 – 15, 2016

  • Gateway Library (Johnson Center), Arlington Campus Library and Mercer Library (Science & Technology Campus) will be open Monday through Friday, January 4 – 8 and January 11 – 15, 2016.
  • Fenwick Library will be CLOSED January 4 – 18 and is expected to open on January 19, 2016.
  • All Mason Libraries are closed on Monday, January 18, 2016.

Library Services Available: January 4-8 and January 11-15, 2016

Check Out / Pick Up / Return / Reference

  • Gateway Library: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Arlington Campus Library: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Mercer Library: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Virtual Reference: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 Online Resources & Services

Update: December 11, 2015

More than 25,000 shelves have been moved!10Kshelves

What’s moved into new space?

What’s moved in Wings B & C? 

  • From Floor 1C to 4B: Call Numbers L through  LC4031 .K38 1998
  • From Floor 2B to 3C: Call Numbers DA through DS37.5 .A2 M35 2001

Facility Notes

  • Items are moving from current places to new spaces: expect some disruption in the stacks and study areas during weekday business hours
  • Both floors of Wing A and 5th Floor are quiet areas during business hours, Monday – Friday
  • Gone Virtual! Fenwick Gallery’s current exhibition – Interlude – is online during the move!

Sneak Peeps!

Read about the Fenwick Move in Fourth Estate!

Research Commons furniture arrives

Research Commons furniture arrives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaborative study room taking shape

Collaborative study room taking shape

 

A study area on 2nd floor

A study area on 2nd floor

 

Update: December 4, 2015

More than 10,000 shelves have been moved! 10Kshelves

What’s moved into the new space?

What’s being shifted in Wings B & C?

  • From Floor 2B to Floor 3: Shift starts with Call Number DC
  • From Floor 3B to 3C: Shift starts with Call Number GN
  • From Floor 4B to 4C: Shift starts with Call Number PN 2287

Service Notes

  • Interlibrary Loan Book requests are due by December 7, 2015

Facility Notes

  • Gone Virtual! Fenwick Gallery’s current exhibition – Interlude – is online during the move!

ALERT for December 3, 2015

BCWINGCLOSED400On Thursday, December 3, Fenwick Library Wings B & C will be closed for Fire Safety Testing from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight.

  • Wing A will remain open
  • No access to the stacks or Fenwick Study Rooms in Wings B & C from 10:00 p.m. to Midnight.
  • Please use Gateway Library for group study

 

Update: November 30, 2015

What’s Moved?

Service Notes

  • Interlibrary Loan Book requests are due by December 7, 2015

Facility Notes

  • Gone Virtual! Fenwick Gallery’s current exhibition – Interlude – is online during the move!

Update: November 24, 2015

Moved into New Fenwick Addition

  • 3rd Floor / Call Numbers GT1 through HV28 .S46 H6 L4
  • 4th Floor / Call Numbers PQ1 through PS324 .B6 D5
  • Moved books are not directly accessible by users until the new space opens to the public.

Service Notes

  • Interlibrary Loan Book requests are due by December 7, 2015

Facility Notes

  • Gone Virtual! Fenwick Gallery’s current exhibition – Interlude – is online during the move!
  • On Wednesday, November 25, the elevator system in the B and C towers of Fenwick Library will be shutdown for maintenance. One elevator bay will remain open for use while the other is being worked on.

Update: November 23, 2015

Books on the Move

  • 3rd Floor / Call Numbers GT1 through through HQ76.3 U5 R87 1996
  • 4th Floor / Call Numbers PQ1 through PR9272.9 J35 N63 2005
  • Moved books are not directly accessible by users until the new space opens to the public.

Service Notes

  • Interlibrary Loan Book requests  are due by December 7, 2015

Facility Notes

  • Gone Virtual! Fenwick Gallery’s current exhibition – Interlude – is online during the move!
  • On Tuesday, November 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the fire alarm system for the B and C towers of Fenwick Library will be shutdown for maintenance.  A fire watch will be posted in accordance with university standards.
  • On Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Mason Facilities will be testing the new backup generator. All Fenwick Library power will be turned off for a period of time during the testing.
  • On Tuesday, November 24 and Wednesday, November 25 , the elevator system in the B and C towers of Fenwick Library will be shutdown for maintenance. One elevator bay will remain open for use while the other is being worked on.