Sign up for the Library of Congress Tour/Orientation Sessions

The Arlington Campus Library will be hosting its regular Library of Congress orientation & tour sessions next week!  Come learn all about how to do research at the Library of Congress with special guest instructor, Library of Congress Librarian Darren Jones. A research orientation session will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2nd at 3:00 – 4:00pm in the Arlington Campus Library’s Instruction Room in Founders Hall that will familiarize attendees with the resources and services available at the Library of Congress. There will be a corresponding tour the next day on Friday, Oct. 3rd from 2:00-4:00pm at the Library of Congress. Tour participants will be able to get ID cards to access the Readers Room, learn all about the research services available, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the LOC. Registration is required, so please save your spot at








Orientation on LOC’s Research Services - Thursday, Oct. 2nd, 3:00 – 4:00pm

@ Arlington Campus Library’s Instruction Room


Library of Congress Tour - Friday, Oct. 3rd, 2:00 – 4:00pm

@ The Library of Congress


Book Display on Gender, Conflict & Peacebuilding

This post was written by Melanie Weyant, Arlington Campus Library’s new Graduate Research Assistant.

The current book display at the Arlington Campus Library highlights materials related to gender and conflict issues. Our collection includes primers on women and peacebuilding, explorations of international gender and conflict issues, texts and documentaries that challenge traditional knowledge on women and war, and biographies of extraordinary women who fought back against conventional beliefs.

I chose this exhibit because gender, power, and identity all play major roles in defining conflict.  In addition, it is important to acknowledge the research that has been done on women in peacebuilding, and to share the stories of women on the ground, who took positions of power and created positive change.

Visit the Arlington Campus Library to learn more about gender, conflict, and peacebuilding through the library’s collections.

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Open Writing Labs in the Library this Fall

This fall, Arlington Campus Library will be offering a series of Open Writing Labs in the library’s Instruction Room, which will be open from 9:00am – 10:45pm. The Open Writing Labs will provide a quiet place to work on your papers and assignments while in the library.

All you need is your own laptop and something to work on. Feel free to stop in for part of the day, or camp out for the entire time.  The first Open Writing Lab will be held this coming Tues., Sept. 16th and will be followed by two other days: Wed., Oct. 22nd & Tues., Dec. 2nd.

On Tues., November 18th, the library will host a Research & Write in Day from 3:00pm – 10:00pm, which will offer the help of the Writing Center, Data Consultants, and Librarians as you work on your research projects.

Mark you calendars and sign up at Drop ins are welcome as well!




Welcome Back! Enter our Raffle! Visit Us and Get Cookies!

Love in a Coffee Cup, green_kermit. Flickr.

Love in a Coffee Cup, green_kermit. Flickr.

Connect with ACL Online and enter our Free Coffee Raffle!

What do you love about the library? Tell us for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card.

There are three ways to enter ACL’s Starbucks Gift Card Raffle. You can either:

Take a selfie while you’re in the Arlington Campus Library for an extra raffle entry!

The raffle will be held on Friday, August 29th. Winners will be contacted via social media.

Also, stop by the library on the 2nd floor of Founders Hall for some free library swag and some yummy treats during Welcome Week!


Claim A Space in ACL’s Dissertation Writers’ Room!

PhD students in need of dedicated space for dissertation work on campus now have the option to apply for exclusive access to the Dissertation Writers’ Room in the Arlington Campus Library in Founders Hall. The room features four assigned work spaces and secure storage for research materials.  Subscriptions to the room are for the Fall 2014 semester.

Interested students who have passed their comprehensive exams and are in good standing with the University Libraries are qualified to apply.  Departmental verification of a student’s academic standing is needed to complete the application form.  Spaces in the DWR will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis until room capacity is met.

Download the application here and return it to the ACL’s Circulation Desk while there are still spaces left!  Applications are also available at the Circulation Desk to pick up in person.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Beth Roszkowski at


August Intersession Hours to Start on Friday

Just a reminder that the Libraries will operate under August Intersession hours starting tomorrow, August 8th.

As for ACL, the intersession hours will be:

August 8th: 9:00am — 6:00pm

August 9th & 10th: CLOSED

August 11th – 15th: 9:00am — 6:00pm

August 16th & 17th: CLOSED

August 18th – 22nd: 9:00am — 6:00pm

Our regular hours will resume on Saturday, August 23rd.

Enjoy the rest of summer and we’ll see you in the fall!

Fourth of July Weekend Hours – CLOSED July 4th

ACL will close at 6:00pm this Thursday, July 3rd and will re-open on Saturday, July 5th at 10:00am. For all other Mason Libraries’ hours, visit the library hours’ page.

Have a happy and safe Independence Day and weekend!

2007 July 4, Washington DC Fireworks. Photo from the Library of Congress

2007 July 4, Washington DC Fireworks. Photo from the Library of Congress

Inventory in Progress

Please excuse our noise while our staff completes an inventory of our books on the 3rd floor. You may hear some beeping as books are scanned, so please plan accordingly.

The process should not take any longer than 2 weeks, and will most likely be finished sometime next week.

E-Books on Display

Silber, Irina Carlota. Everyday Revolutionaries Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

Silber, Irina Carlota. Everyday Revolutionaries Gender, Violence, and Disillusionment in Postwar El Salvador. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2011.

This summer, ACL is highlighting a collection of e-books on social and political movements around the globe. Mason Libraries’ provides access to over 600,000 electronic books that students, faculty and staff can read online, whether it’s at home or on the go. Those who aren’t Mason-affiliated may visit the libraries in person to read an e-book while on campus.

E-books are great for distance education students and faculty as well. The convenience of finding and reading a book instantly for a class saves students time that would have been spent trying get to campus, find a parking spot or hop on a shuttle from the Metro, and then actually search for the book on the shelves.

Our Distance Ed librarian, Tina Adams, has a helpful e-books guide for faculty that helps parse out the many ways of accessing online materials from a variety of library resources.

For the e-books showcased in our display, you can search the Mason catalog at and access them online. Just look for the location status that says: “Available Online through Mason Libraries” and follow the link. On the next page, scroll down to the “links” section to connect to the e-book. You will have to enter your Mason username and password in order to access from off-campus. 

For a complete list of e-books on display, check out the handy bibliography that we’ve provided on social and political movements around the world. Read the Social and Political Movements bibliography (PDF).