George Mason University Libraries are an essential resource for collaboration in the digital age. To effectively support a major research university, the University Libraries must be able to meet the 21st century imperatives of teaching, learning, and research.

About the University Libraries

A great research university needs a great library system. Help us take the University Libraries to the next level. Your generosity will allow us to:

  • provide broad and deep access to knowledge across a global network of research institutions and in an array of formats;
  • provide the professional expertise, resources, and digital tools to enable students, faculty, and researchers to find relevant and authoritative information at a 24/7 pace;
  • serve as hubs of collaboration by providing technology-rich learning and study spaces that promote academic success.

Priority Funding Needs

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    Strengthening the student experience

    Includes providing attractive physical and technology enabled facilities that are conducive to a variety of learning needs, styles and methods;  funding undergraduate research activities and projects; providing online learning tutorials for distance education courses; converting learning materials and supporting students with disabilities; and teaching multi-acted and interrelated literacies necessary for professional success in the digital era and for life-long learning.

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    Developing the Digital Scholarship Center

    Includes providing programming support for faculty members and advanced students in transforming research and teaching and learning using new media and digital tools, analyzing data, applying new methods of discovery, and producing and disseminating new objects for learning and scholarship.

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    Supporting the breadth and depth of research

    Includes enhancing the libraries’ “content,” encompassing digital formats and, to some extent, print materials, — scientific and scholarly journals, academic books, and a variety of subscriptions, databases, and other knowledge resources.

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    Preserving rare and unique collections

    Includes support for the Special Collections Research Center, the Libraries’ unit focusing on curating, teaching, and disseminating the historical and cultural record, with its growing collections of 10,000 rare books and 600 archives and manuscript collections, as well as an expanding set of “born-digital” materials.


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“The University Libraries provide the research foundation that fuels success throughout the disciplines at Mason. Through the help of our supporters, we will be able to provide the robust collections, services, and community that Mason students, faculty, and researchers need to bring their ideas to life.”

—Interim University Librarian Anne C. Osterman