Preservation Week

Celebrate preservation awareness week by hosting a build-your-own-book-weight workshop!     Book weights are filled fabric pouches that gently hold your books open while they’re in use to avoid breaking the spines and free up your hands. Sure, you can buy them, but you can also make them. And if Continue Reading

Collection in Focus: Egon Verheyen

A few months ago we received almost 550 books donated to us by Gwendolyn White in honor of her husband as part of the Egon Verheyen collection. Dr. Egon Verheyen was a GMU professor of Art History and named a Clarence J. Robinson professor of humanities at George Mason in 1987. He retired in January Continue Reading

Gum Springs

This post was written by Mike Rynearson, Research Services Assistant. In this week’s blog, we spotlight Black History Month with one of our rare books that tell the incredible story of Gum Springs. Gum Springs is the oldest African American Community in Fairfax County, formally established in 1833. The founder Continue Reading

Last Chance to See: Advances in Science, 1586-1999

We are like dwarfs sitting on the shoulders of giants. We see more, and things that are more distant, than they did, not because our sight is superior or because we are taller than they, but because they raise us up, and by their great stature add to ours.   Continue Reading