Sign Up for Spring Workshops

The Arlington Campus Library’s workshop schedule for the spring 2015 semester is now available at This semester features classes such as library basics, Zotero, and writing literature reviews. Also included in the line-up is a research orientation session on using resources available at the Library of Congress, followed by a tour, on Feb. 27.

Check out the full list, as well as other workshops on the Fairfax and Prince William campuses on the Libraries’ workshop schedule.

Back from Break

ACL is open again! As a reminder, here are our intersession hours:

Mon. – Fri., Jan. 5th – 9th: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Sat. & Sun., Jan. 10th & 11th: CLOSED

Mon. – Fri., Jan. 12th – 16th: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Sat. & Sun., Jan. 17th & Jan. 18th: CLOSED

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 19th: CLOSED

Our regular semester hours will be changing slightly beginning on Jan. 20th.

Regular Hours (January 20 – May 18):

Monday – Thursday………………………..9:00am – 11:00pm
Friday………………………………………….9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday……………………………………..10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday……………………………………….12:00pm – 8:00pm




ACL Dissertation Writers’ Room Update

As of today, all of the spots available in ACL’s Dissertation Writers’ Room have been filled for the Spring semester. Another round of applications will be accepted in 2015 for the Fall Semester. Thanks to everyone who has applied and if you need assistance with submitting your dissertations, please visit the University Thesis & Dissertation website.

Dissertation Writers Room Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications for the Dissertation Writers Room (DWR) are now being accepted at for both Fenwick Library and the Arlington Campus Library. The DWR is a place for Mason PhD students in good academic standing, who have passed their comprehensive exams, to use as a secure study space to store books and writing materials. Each room is locked and only accessible with a unique door code.

Applicants must provide signatures of their respective departments on the application, and spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can pick up an application in the library, or download one from

Open Writing Lab Tomorrow at ACL

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, ACL will host its final Open Writing Lab of the semester from 9:00am – 10:45pm. The Instruction Room (Room 332 inside the library) will be open all day for students to use our computers or bring their own laptops. It’s a great opportunity to find a quiet place to work on final assignments and papers without distractions. Stay for the whole time or as long as you can. The door will be open all day and no registration is necessary for the Open Writing Lab.



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