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).

Check Out Our New Website!

Today is the official launch of the Mason Libraries’ new website!

Take a look around and get familiar with the new design. While the site somewhat resembles the old site, some content has moved or has changed. If you see anything odd or encounter any broken links, please leave a comment on the comments page, so that the web team can investigate and resolve the issue.

As it is still a work in progress, hopefully any kinks will be worked out by the end of summer so that the page will be all set for Fall 2014.

Summer Hours Preview

If you plan on taking any summer classes in Arlington, or just want to do some research, check out our hours below. For all other Mason Libraries’ hours, visit the main hours page.

Download the PDF for ACL’s Summer Hours 2014


May 14th, 15th, 16th: 9:00am — 6:00pm

May 17th & 18th: CLOSED

Summer Session

Monday – Thursday:  9:00am — 10:00pm

Friday: 9:00am — 7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am — 6:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am — 8:00pm


May 24th, 25th, 26th: CLOSED

July 3rd: 9:00am — 6:00pm

July 4th: CLOSED


Turning the Page Book Drive Going on Now

turn the page book dropThe Arlington Campus Library will be collecting used books, CDs and DVDs in support of Turning the Page, a nonprofit organization that works to engage and empower parents of D.C. public school students.  To raise funds for programs, they collect and sell donated items of all genres and for all ages.

A bin for donations is located inside the Arlington Campus Library in Founders Hall and will be available April 28th – May 15th.  The end of the semester is the perfect time to assess the collections on your shelves or in your offices and to donate for a good cause!

Beware of Enticing Publishing Emails

With the end of the academic year quickly approaching, some students might be receiving emails from publishing companies that want to publish your thesis or dissertation. Some companies, such as Lambert and VDM, offer to publish your work with no cost at all to you, until they try to sell you copies of your published book. Publishing companies like these also retain portions of your work’s copyright, which could have consequences later on that could hurt your career, such as limiting your ability to publish chapters or articles from the same work. It’s important to stay cautious and make sure you understand all of the publishing contract before you sign anything.

For more details about how this publishing model works, read Joseph Stromberg’s article on about his own experience.

In addition, Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, has provided a handy has provided a handy list of questionable publishers that you should consult as well.

Also, be sure to check out Mason’s Scholarly Communication page, which provides helpful information on open access publishing, as well as other topics for students to consider when thinking about publishing.

Graduate Research & Writing Retreat

Need a quiet place to work on a final paper and also want some knowledgable experts on hand to answer your research, writing, and data questions? Then sign up for ACL’s first Graduate Research & Writing Retreat on Monday, April 28th!

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!

The event will be held in the ACL Instruction Room (332). You can find the Instruction Room by entering the library on the 2nd floor of Founders Hall and then take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor of the library. There will be signs to direct you.  Registration is required.

The Graduate Research & Writing Retreat features:

• A quiet space to work
• 10 desktop computers, all with SPSS 19 and ArcGIS 10
• Outlets for laptops
• Librarians, writing tutors, and data services consultants available to help
• Caffeine and food!

If you have any questions, just drop us a line at aclref(at)gmu(dot)edu.