Fenwick Grand Opening Week!

Join George Mason University Libraries in celebrating the new Fenwick Library addition.The highlight of the week’s events will be the Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in the Fenwick Library Atrium. You are cordially invited to attend! Come to one and/or come to all our events and #CelebrateFenwick2016!


March 25-31 Exhibit: Mason Collections of Distinction
Special Collections Research Center and Fenwick Gallery
Floors 1 and 2, Fenwick Library

March 29, 2:30 p.m.
Mason Author Series
Book Discussion
Main Reading Room
Fenwick Library

Giorgio Ascoli works on a collaborative SofAlab sculpture representing the mammalian brain funded by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation.This new series features the work of Mason scholars. Giorgio Ascoli, University Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department and founding Director of the Center for Neural Informatics, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, is the inaugural author. Professor Ascoli will discuss his book, Trees of the Brain, Roots of the Mind. The Mason Author Series is sponsored by the George Mason University Bookstore. Light refreshments will be served.

March 30, 2 p.m.
2016 Fenwick Fellow Lecture
Main Reading Room
Fenwick Library

Colin Reagle,Term Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, VSE. Photo by Creative Services/George Mason UniversityColin Reagle, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, presents findings from his Fenwick Fellow research project, The Role of Renewables in George Mason’s Future Energy Portfolio. Light refreshments will be served.



March 31, 4:30 p.m.
Grand Opening Celebration
Fenwick Library Atrium

Join University President Ángel Cabrera, Rector Tom Davis, and Members of the George Mason University Board of Visitors at the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fenwick Library. The Keynote Speaker is Brian Lamb, Founder and Chairman, Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Networks (C-SPAN).

March 31, after the 4:30 p.m. presentations
Fenwick Library Tours / Refreshments 

#MasonLibraries Video Competition!

George Mason University Libraries invites you to join the Grand Opening Celebration of the new Fenwick Library by participating in a Student Video Competition! All university students are invited to enter and are eligible to win prizes! To participate, students should submit a video (not to exceed 60 seconds) themed  “Top 3 Reasons I Can’t Live Without My Library.”

Work will be featured online, as well as on digital displays at the new Fenwick Library. Winning videos will be announced and screened at the Fenwick Library Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, March 31, 2016.

  • The Grand Prize Winner will receive a VIP invitation to the Library Grand Opening Celebration, in addition to a $250 Visa Gift Card.
  • Two runners up will each receive a $100 Visa Gift Card.
  • Two honorable mentions will each receive an Amazon Kindle Fire.

Competition details are available here.


Coming Soon!

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!