Graduate Research & Writing Retreat – Nov. 18th

The Graduate Research & Writing Retreat will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18th and offers students a quiet environment in which to work on final papers and projects. The Arlington Campus Library Instruction Room is the venue, allowing for quiet work, free from distractions from 3:00 – 10:00pm.

Research Librarians, Data Services consultants, and Writing Center staff will be available to assist you with your research, writing, and data needs during the event.

Come in for the whole time or just a little while to work and to grab some caffeine and food. Our desktop computers will be available to you, but they will be first-come-first-serve, so if you have your laptop, bring it along! Registration is required.


Open Writing Lab This Wednesday

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, the Arlington Campus Library’s Instruction Room (332 inside the library) will be open all day (9:00am – 11:00pm) for students to work quietly on papers and other assignments. Please bring your own laptop if you have one, or feel free to use one of our desktop computers. Covered drinks are permitted, so bring your favorite caffeinated (or non-caffeinated) beverage along!

Registration is optional but recommended, and you can sign up and find out more information at

Writing & Productivity Day at the Arlington Campus Library

Students studying in the library in Founders Hall on the Arlington campus.

Photo courtesy of George Mason University Creative Services

Sign up for the Arlington Campus Library’s Writing & Productivity Day!

This half-day program will give you space to work alongside other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done. A Learning Specialist from Learning Services will give a brief presentation on writing productivity and will be available for 15-minute one-on-one consultations to offer tips and strategies to increase your individual writing productivity. Topics can include improving concentration, goal setting, time management, and more.

 Arlington Campus Library’s Writing Productivity Day will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Space is limited to 10 participants. If you would like to participate, complete registration here. Sign-ups for the productivity consultation available upon arrival.

The event will be held in the Arlington Campus Library’s instruction room. Please bring your computer, any other research materials you may need, and most importantly, your personal commitment to working diligently and productively.

All George Mason graduate-degree-seeking students at the Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun campuses are eligible to participate.

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